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beauty - a Wura-Natasha Ogunji Public Performance on November 13

Fri, November 8, 2013
beauty - a Wura-Natasha Ogunji Public Performance on November 13

beauty is a public performance piece that explores the relationships women have to each other and to their hair. Conceived by artists Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Nicole Vlado and originally performed in Lagos, Nigeria this iteration of beauty will include students in the Performing Justice course as well as artists from the greater Austin community and will explore themes of gender, race and sexuality. The performance on the UT Austin campus, will be followed by a panel discussion with performers Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Ruby Amanze in dialogue with Matt Richardson, Cherise Smith and Lyndon Gill.

Presented by the Center for Women's & Gender Studies and the Embrey Family Foundation Initiative

Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office, African and African Disapora Studies, The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and the WGS Student Organization

Performance: Wednesday, November 13, 2:00 - 6:00pm, UT Campus, West Mall near the Student Union Building

Panel Discussion
The performance will be followed by a panel discussion from 7:00pm – 8:30pm in the Texas Union, Santa Rita Suite.

Panelists include:
• Wura-Natasha Ogunji
• Ruby Amanze
• Matt Richardson
• Uchenna Itam
• Lyndon Gill


Volunteers are needed on the day of the performance for 2-hour (or more) slots beginning at 10:00am to help with the following: performer preparation, site observation and performer support (during performance), post-performance support (help un-braid hair, etc.).

Please sign up here!

Mandatory Volunteer Meeting: Monday, October 28 at 7pm in PAR 210.

Performance Workshop Intensive

In conjunction with this performance Wura-Natasha Ogunji will facilitate a Master Class on Friday, November 15 from 9:00am-noon.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore key themes and social justice issues raised in the beauty performance as they develop techniques for creating their own unique performance works.  

If you are interested in attending this class, please apply here

contact: Wura-Natasha Ogunji

Wura-Natasha Ogunji is a visual artist and performer. She has performed at Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Menil Collection. As a recent recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, she created peformance works about the presence of women in public space in Lagos, Nigeria. Ogunji has received grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Idea Fund. She is a co-founder and lecturer at the Institute for Performing Justice (CWGS) at the University of Texas, Austin.

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