29/10/2021 - 09/01/2022

New Work - Painting

Chioma Ebinama - A Spiral Shell

Maureen Paley is pleased to present the first solo exhibition at the gallery by Chioma Ebinama.

Chioma Ebinama (b. 1988, Maryland, USA and lives and works in Athens, Greece) is a Nigerian-American artist who is interested in how animism, mythology, and precolonial philosophies present a space to articulate a vision of freedom outside of Western social and political paradigms. Her practice is centred around work on paper, yet in her travels she has collaborated with local artists to make sculptures, textiles and wearable art.

’The title A Spiral Shell, is a surprise as there are no shells nor spirals in any of these figurative works. It refers to Italo Calvino’s short story, The Spiral, from his book Cosmocomics. I found this story about a mollusk to be a beautiful metaphor of what drives the desire to make things and how in the act of making we build a protective shell, a careful space for our own vulnerability against the “indiscriminate instability” of the external world.


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