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Uchay Joel Chima

Since graduating from the Art School of the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria in 1997, Uchay Joel Chima’s artwork has continued to evolve, remaining relevant to developments in contemporary art. Weaving a tapestry of memory, imagination, societal happenings and emotion, Joel Chima combines various found objects, including strings, sand, wax, with paint and other mediums in an aesthetic that informs his oeuvre. Alongside mixed-media practice that in many ways responds to painting, the artist has been developing a body of work using video since 2008. Joel Chima creates thought provoking presentations, which address the realities around us whilst employing a mixture of conventional and unconventional approaches in his unceasing explorations. He is currently working on short films and a project called ‘Residue Collection of Societal and Environmental Mishaps: HABITAT LOSS. The project aims at promoting and creating awareness concerning contemporary lifestyle, both with regard to socioeconomic circumstance and environmental conservation. Joel Chima’s work has been exhibited in Nigeria, South Africa, Canada, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and the Netherlands.
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