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


Wura-Natasha Ogunji works in drawing, video, and performance. Her hand-stitched drawings on architectural tracing paper are inspired by daily interactions in Lagos, Nigeria. Her performances explore the presence of women in public spaces, labor, leisure, freedom and frivolity. 

Ogunji received a Guggenheim Fellowship, co-curated the 2018 São Paulo Biennial, and exhibited at Palais de Tokyo, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Seattle Art Museum, CCA Lagos, and The Menil Collection. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from Stanford University and an M.F.A. from San Jose State University. 


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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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