ruby onyinyechi amanze at the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo

Work by ruby onyinyechi amanze is included on the 33rd edition of the Bienal de São Paulo in Brazil (7 September – 9 December). Titled Affective Affinities, it hopes to encourage an individual appreciation of art by avoiding an overarching theme that could prompt pre-established understandings. Instead, under the direction of principal curator Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, the biennial is has invited seven different artists to freely organise separate group exhibitions that dialogue with their practices. amanze’s work forms part of Wura-Natasha Ogunji’s exhibition project, titled sempre, nunca [always, never], which explores the exhibiting artists’ individual histories and the complex relationship they have with their lands, nations and territories. ‘In an open and ongoing dialogue, our individual projects encompass different practices and languages, intersecting at ideas and questions crucial to experimentation, freedom and the creative process… [the] work subverts hegemonic narratives and embraces interruptions as necessary openings’ explains Ogunji.