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Born in Munich, Germany (1989). Lives and works in Munich.

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Born in St. Louis, MO (1970). Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria


Visual artist and performer Wura-Natasha Ogunji creates hand-stitched drawings on tracing paper and large-scale paintings.  Her works often include figures running, jumping or moving through space, a nod to her history as a photographer, as well as her own running practice.  Ogunji's most recent works incorporate text and sometimes include imagery on both sides of the paper or linen.  Her work often speaks about her experiences living in Lagos, Nigeria--from the personal (notes in her father's dream journals) to the collective (interactions in busy market spaces). Her performance practice also informs her use of materials and methods.


Ogunji's durational performance video 'Will I still carry water when I am a dead woman?' is on view in the exhibition A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography until January, 2024 at Tate Modern in London.



Interview with Richard Bright


March 2020


just a note; artist to artist

BOMB Magazine

August 23, 2019


The Treehouse Lagos

Something We Africans Got

December 3, 2018


Interview with Theresa Sigmund in conjunction with the exhibition, Every Mask I Ever Loved

Contemporary And

October 30, 2017


Nigerian-American artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji stops traffic with Strut – her latest performance in Lagos


June 25, 2016

Paper as Body

The Offing

January 19, 2016


If I Don’t Show It, Nobody Will

Contemporary And

May 13, 2015


you are so loved and lovely catalog

Published on the occasion of ruby onyinyechi amanze's and Wura-Natasha Ogunji's exhibition, this illustrated catalog includes an introductory essay by Emmanuel Iduma and excerpts from Drawing Memoir – a collection of the artists' written correspondences that chronicle the questions, quandaries, experiments and discoveries made in their studios and beyond.

Wura-Natasha Ogunji: Reclaiming the Female Voice through Public Performance

Ogunji discusses her work as a performance artist in Lagos and her film, Will I still carry water when I am a dead woman? (2013). 

Video courtesy of Design Indaba. 

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