Victor Ekpuk

Victor Ekpuk is a Nigerian-born contemporary artist based in Washington, DC.   His art, which began as an exploration of nsibidi “traditional” graphics and writing systems in Nigeria, has evolved to embrace a wider spectrum of meaning that is rooted in African and global contemporary art discourses.   Guided by the aesthetic philosophy nsibidi, where sign systems are used to convey ideas, Ekpuk re-imagines graphic symbols from diverse cultures to form a personal style of mark making that results in the interplay of art and writing.  “The commoditization of water in wealthy nations often leads to waste.  Plastic, the byproduct of this commoditization becomes waste and a source of pollution.  This abundance and waste stand in stark contrast to the reality of poor populations for which this life-giving liquid is scarce or beyond their economic means.”

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