Udondian received an MFA from Columbia University, New York and attended Skowhegan school of painting and Sculpture, Maine, US in 2016. She received a BA in painting at the University of Uyo, Nigeria in 2004. She won, Most Outstanding Production Award at the National Arts Competition in Lagos, 2013. Her works have been exhibited internationally at Nigerian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial-An Excerpt, New York; Fisher Landau Centre for the Arts, New York; Historic Columbia Museum site, Columbia, South Carolina, US; Rush Gallery, New York; Flux Art fair, New York; Judith Charles Gallery, New York; Art 14 London Art Fair; Whitworth Gallery in Manchester and Centre for Contemporary Arts, Lagos. Artist Residencies include Fine Arts Work Centre, Provincetown, US; Villa Straulli, Winthethur, Switzerland; Islinton Mill, Salford, Manchester; Fondazione di Venezie, Venice, Italy; Bagfactory Artist Studios, Johanesburg, South Africa.

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My work is driven by my interest in textiles and the potential for clothing to shape identity, informed by the histories and tacit meanings embedded in everyday materials. Drawing from my experiences growing up in Nigeria, I engage with repurposed material to investigate how fundamental changes in fabric can affect one’s perception of his or her identity, and ultimately a nation’s psyche. Living in Nigeria, a country flooded with cast-off from the West, I begin to explore, using the second hand clothing industry as a starting point. Confronting notions of “authenticity” and “cultural contamination,” I work with large-scale sculptural forms and installations utilizing second-hand textiles as the primary material. My recent works are often presented with an accompanying fictional historical context, in the form of a written narrative, label. The text tells a historically plausible narrative, placing my work alongside a retelling of facts about Nigerian weaving, the patterns of the Western clothing trade, anthropology, and colonialism.