About

Bio

Ngozi Schommers is a Nigerian-born Visual artist based in Germany. She experiments with fragment of objects, figures, paintings drawings and photographs to interrogate social-political, religious, cultural, identity and other human actions and influences. Her Studios are located in Lagos Nigeria, Takoradi Ghana and Bremen Germany.

Artist Statement

We are not welcome here

My works are made with fragment of objects, figures, paintings, drawings and photographs and I tend towards experimentation with these materials. The fragmented objects, pictures, figures etc. are all used in questioning the consequences or after-effect of some of our socio-political, religious, cultural and other human enacted actions and influences. My art further explores the varying differences between the haves and the have-nots, what you could call the poor and the rich. In dealing with this societal construct, I am often times compelled to engage subjects as diverse as migration, displacement, integration, rehabilitation, space and acceptance.
I think of how my subjects construct their lives. I see and understand their innocence or lack of it, manipulation, struggle, neglect and curiosity. Just like the way I connect my dots as in the confetti I string together to make my art, I also tend to fuse these varying human lives together, because at the end of the day no matter how individualistic we may be, we still all live together in the same universe as humans.
My inspiration constantly evolves; I detest stagnancy of ideas or form. However, I am mostly inspired by what I see around me, observations and desire for a better world, as ambitious as that may sound.

The Menu

Most people associate Africa with abundance of natural resource as well as the notion of supposed starvation. The starting pointing for creating my installation that will lure viewers to the culture of food is also to remind them of the constant need to replenish and the processes involved in that replenishment.
Traditionally for me, preparation of food and recipe have always been passed down from generation to generation through written recipe or the good old way “watch, assist and learn”.
I reference this tradition by gathering my late mother-in-law’s recipes which were written in the old historical form of German handwriting (Suetterlin Schrift), magazine clips of recipes, old flowery serviette and old cook books. I could remember not being able to speak and understand German when we first met but yet we cooked together and bonded. I learnt a whole lot just by watching and assisting her doing the cooking.
On the other hand, I recount my late grandma visits to our house as a child. She would arrive from the village to the city where we lived, beautifully dressed up in red patterned wrapper(George) and lace with boxes of food, ingredients, live chicken, yam and many other local foodstuffs. We would prepare different dishes together as a way of teaching me how to cook new food. Indeed as Linda Henley said, “If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn’t have given us grandmothers.”
With the fragments of these memories of my grandmother and mother in law, I have made drawings, create photographs, hand painted George fabric, collaged old recipes to create the installation which pieces together this diminishing culture of cocreation.

Curriculum Vitae

B. 1974, Enugu, Nigeria

Education

2011, Painting, Higher Diploma, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos
2008, Fine Art, Diploma, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2016, Ngozi Schommers, We Are Not Welcome Here, Rele Gallery Lagos, Nigeria

Group Exhibitions

2016, Group Exhibition: Food, Art15 Gallery, Bremen, Germany
2016, Group Exhibition: Fremde-Heimat, Rebuz West, Bremen, Germany
2016, Ngozi Schommers, We Are Not Welcome Here, Rele Gallery Lagos, Nigeria
2014, Group Exhibition: Sensing Spaces, Defactori Studio, Terra Kulture, Lagos, Nigeria
2013, Group Exhibition: Nsuko Ime Emume (Gathering To Celebrate) American International School, Lagos, Nigeria