In Conversation: Arit Emmanuela Etukudo

One of six audio interviews, with people of colour, exploring experiences of inclusivity and self-empowerment in the arts. Explore all six interviews from the ‘In Conversation’ project.

What is the ‘Black Magical experience’ and how does this relate to your lived experience?

How do you feel placing yourself in your work empowers you as an artist?

What changes would you like to see in the contemporary arts to empower more black creatives?

How can institutions that have benefited from colonialism support artists and portray the full Black experience?

Artist’s Biography:

Arit Emmanuela Etukudo is a Nigerian-American self-portrait artist whose practice focuses on the simultaneous invisibility and hypervisibility of the self, body and existence. She earned her BA in Cinematic Arts and minor in Creative Writing from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2016. She then earned her MFA in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University in 2019. During her MFA study she took an Erasmus at École Supérieure des Beaux-arts to expand her research. Her work has earned her achievements such as the 2019 NAE Future Exhibition Prize, the 2017 Indie Capitol Award for Best Experimental/Animated film, and the 2016 UMBC Senior Exhibition prize for Outstanding Work in Cinematic Arts.

Recent Exhibitions include: Garden, Art Share LA USA (2020), Lost Stories, Surface Gallery UK (2020), Prescription, Art out Loud LA, USA (2020), Waiting to become: Images from a dream-state, Attenborough Arts Centre UK (2019 ).

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