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2020 Artist Fellow

Onyedika Chuke

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Onyedika Chuke (b. Oneisha, Nigeria) lives and works in New York City, NY. He studied at The Cooper Union and has participated in numerous fellowships and residencies, including The Drawing Center (2016-18), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2017), Socrates Sculpture Park (2016-17), SculptureCenter (2016), and Residency Unlimited (2013-14). Most recently, Chuke conducted research on Rikers Island as a New York City Public Artist in Residence (2018-19). His largest body of work titled The Forever Museum Archive (2011-present) began in Libya and is an ongoing collection of objects, text, and images. Chuke assumes the role of the archivist, researcher, and conservator; all working together within the constructs of a theoretical museum. The mission of this museum is to collect and re-contextualize historical objects as the artist reflects on contemporary theories in politics, culture, and architecture. Since 2011, Chuke has worked on the archive in New York, Switzerland, France, and Rome. His work has been included in exhibition venues such as The Shed, SCAD Museum of Art, Queens Museum, Bronx Museum, and The American Academy in Rome. His work has been featured in publications such as OSMOS Magazine, BOMB Magazine, White Wall Magazine (forthcoming), and Precog Magazine (forthcoming). Chuke’s upcoming projects include a large-scale installation at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) in collaboration with Pioneer Works.

The Forever Museum Archive: The Untitled_1919_Bed. Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail

The Forever Museum Archive: The Untitled_Various Objects. Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail

The Forever Museum Archive: The Untitled_Various Objects (detail). Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail

The Forever Museum Archive:The Untitled_a template for memorial architecture circa_2000s/hermes_and_reflection pool_red. Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail

The Forever Museum Archive:The Untitled_a template for memorial architecture circa_2000s/hermes_and_reflection pool_red (detail). Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail

The Forever Museum Archive: An Architectural Template for Spiritual Worship. Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail

The Forever Museum Archive: An Architectural Template for Spiritual Worship (detail). Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail

The Forever Museum Archive: _The Untitled_Labyrinth. Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail

The Forever Museum Archive: _The Untitled_Labyrinth (detail). Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail

The Forever Museum Archive: The Untitled_May30th_Liberty. Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail

The Forever Museum Archive_The Untitled: 1919_Torso. Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail

The Forever Museum Archive_The Untitled: 1919_Torso (detail). Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail

The Forever Museum Archive: The Untitled_1998. Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail

The Forever Museum Archive: The Untitled_1998 (detail). Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail

The Forever Museum Archive_The Untitled: Intro to Site 17. Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail

The Forever Museum Archive_The Untitled: Intro to Site 17 (detail). Photo courtesy of the artist. — View detail