Kambui Olujimi

Artist in Residence, 2018

A portrait of a person against a light background.

Artist Statement

I look to complicate and reconsider established modes of thinking that have morphed into what commonly function as “inevitabilities.” This pursuit takes shape through interdisciplinary bodies of work that investigate these phenomena from multiple angles of inquiry. My work manifests collective psychic space as a means of investigating social practices, policies, and exchanges. I am interested in the seamless process of synthesizing invisible constructs into inevitabilities. I excavate the language and aesthetics of social, historical, and cultural conventions and bring them out of the world of the implicit. Once given gravity, weight, and shape, it becomes possible to reveal their incongruities and their illusory nature.

While At Headlands

While at Headlands, I will be working on an animation based on my 2011 book, Wayward North (published by Art In General). The narrative mixes personal and collective memories informed by the hopes and fears of our current times. The Wayward North animation will be a video collage, debuting at the Newark Museum.