Njideka Akunyili Crosby: Portals
Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s first solo exhibition in Europe features a new body of work made especially for Victoria Miro. The Los Angeles-based artist, who relocated from Nigeria to the United States at the age of 16, draws on art historical, political and personal references to make luminous, densely layered figurative compositions whose intricate surfaces combine disparate materials and aesthetic traditions. The title of the exhibition, Portals, is immediately suggestive of windows or doorways, though one might equally think of TV sets or computer screens. It also refers to the title of a recent work by the artist, Portals,2016, now in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. In Akunyili Crosby’s work, doors, windows and screens function as physical, conceptual and emotional points of arrival and departure, while in a broader sense the work itself is a portal through which mutable ideas about transcultural identity flow back and forth.