College of Liberal Arts

Public Endurance Performance Explores Social Justice Issues

Wednesday Nov 13, 2013 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Union Building’s (UNB) Santa Rita Room

The public endurance performance beauty explores women’s relationships to each other and to their hair, and begins with a group of women performers braiding their hair together.

Performed by artists Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Nicole Vlado, this iteration of beauty will include students as well as artists from the greater Austin community and will explore themes of gender, race and sexuality as well as the changing meanings and possibilities of the work as performed in Nigeria and across the Atlantic here in the United States. Beauty was originally performed in Lagos, Nigeria as part of Ogunji's Guggenheim Fellowship

Following the performance, a panel discussion will explore the relationship of performance art to social justice and will include artists Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Ruby Amanze in conversation with UT Austin faculty Matt Richardson, Cherise Smith and Lyndon Gill.

Sponsored by the Center for Women's & Gender Studies (CWGS) and the Embrey Critical Human Rights Initiative. Co-sponsors include College of Liberal Arts, African and African Diaspora Studies, John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and CWGS Student Organization.  

About the Artist: Wura-Natasha Ogunji, a visual artist and performer, is a co-founder and lecturer at the Institute for Performing Justice (CWGS) at the University of Texas, Austin. To read more about her life and work, visit

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact: Wura-Natasha Ogunji,, 718-354-9252.


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