Sister Spirits: Some Outstanding Artists of the Nsukka School

Chuu Krydz Ikwuemesi on the works of selected artists trained at the University of Nigeria and the futures of artistic research in Nigeria.

Image: Chuu Krydz Ikwuemesi.

SixtyEight Art Institute is very happy to welcome the Nigerian painter and art critic, Chuu Krydz Ikwuemesi who will speak about the recent works of artists trained at the University of Nigeria, whose works typify what is known as "Nsukka Art School." Ikwuemesi will present in this talk a brief history of the school, its creative and critical milestones and how it has contributed robustly to the practice of art and its debates in Nigeria.

If time allows, Chuu Krydz Ikwuemesi will give a short overview of current artistic research practices embedded in the Nigerian art scene; like those that have extended dialogs with other cross-disciplinary academic and/or self-organized programs working either at home or abroad with artists and curators of this west African nation.

Drinks will be served after the talk.


Chuu Krydz Ikwuemesi (b. 1967), painter, art critic, ethno-aesthetician and cultural entrepreneur, has a BA (First Class Honours) in Fine and Applied Arts, an MFA in Painting and a PhD in Art History from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is the founder of the Pan-African Circle of Artists (PACA) and Emeritus President of The Art Republic (Centre for Arts and Cultural Democracy), Enugu. He has participated in workshops and creative residencies and has directed Afrika Heritage (the PACA Biennale), Overcoming Maps (PACA Study Tour of Africa), and the Mmanwu Theatre in Enugu. Ikwuemesi has researched and published on aspects of ethno-aesthetics with special interest in Igbo and Ainu (aboriginal Japanese) arts. He is the editor of The Art Republic, Letter from Afrika, and The ArtField (journal of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, UNN), and Associate Professor and Head at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He was a Visiting Professor at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan in 2008 and was a Japan Foundation Fellow in Hokkaido in 2009; he is a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies’ African Humanities Program and a Senior Fellow of IFRA (French Institute for Research in Africa). A polyvalent artist of superlative merit, Ikwuemesi is currently the coordinator of the Death Studies Association of Nigeria. He has held several solo and group exhibitions and published many articles on art.