Installation view "Frida Orupabo - Arthur Jafa – A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions", Serpentine, London 2017

Frida Orupabo

Frida Orupabo explores themes of race, gender, sexuality, violence, the gaze, post-colonialism and identity working in media that in their nature are fragmented and multifarious. Employing image platforms including Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Tumblr as both source and tool Orupabo engages in the simultaneously monolithic and splintered abundance of images that define race and gender. In their wiki-generated content and labile fluidity these platforms both reinforce and disrupt established norms. In 2016 Orupabo connected with the American multimedia artist Arthur Jafa via Instagram. This contact developed into an important dialog and a collaborative spirit emerged which led to Jafa's inclusion of Orupabo's collages in his exhibition A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2017) followed by the ongoing exhibition at the Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin. Subsequently their cooperation branched out and Jafa invited Orupabo as creative consultant for Jay Z's music video 4:44 and Jen Nkiru’s cinematic short Rebirth is Necessary.

Installation view "Frida Orupabo - Arthur Jafa – A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions", Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin 2018

Installation view "Frida Orupabo - Two-Thirds Pleasure", Galerie Nordenhake Stockholm 2018

Installation view "Frida Orupabo - Two-Thirds Pleasure", Galerie Nordenhake Stockholm 2018

Untitled, 2018, digital C-print, 6 parts: 116 x 174 cm overall

Untitled, 2018, collage with paper pins mounted on aluminium, 2 parts: 123.5 x 80 cm

Untitled, 2018, multimedia on 9 Lenovo tablets, unfixed duration