Ifeatuanya Chiejina: Transforming and Becoming

September 3 – October 17, 2021 2021-09-03 09:00:00 2021-10-17 09:00:00 15 Ifeatuanya Chiejina: Transforming and Becoming Banko Gallery true MM/DD/YYYY
Venue: Banko Gallery

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Curated by Devyn Leonor Briggs

Transforming and Becoming, an exhibition of works by Queens-based artist Ifeatuanya (Ify) Chiejina, will explore themes of transformation, identity, and self-discovery. Viewers will have the opportunity to follow the artist through the process of self-discovery as she transforms her work through the adoption of new mediums and ways of working. The exhibition will also include a site-specific installation and opportunities for community participation.

About the Artist

Ifeatuanya (Ify) Chiejina is a visual artist born and raised in Queens, NY. Chiejina is a black Igbo female with ideas, thoughts, and truths that are rooted and reflective of different customs and traditions. As a Nigerian-American, Chiejina considers the tensions and complexities that come with being brought up in an African household, in a western society. Chiejina completed a certificate program from the Caribbean Cultural Center of African Diaspora Institute’s Community Arts University Without Walls in 2015. She has participated in residencies at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Chiejina will be participating in Chashama North’s residency program this summer. Chiejina has showcased her art for SMO Contemporary Art, Prizm Art Fair, Penn State Lehigh Valley, and her paintings are in the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection. She has also completed cover art for the Criterion Collection. Chiejina is one of the founding members for the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance, (SEQAA).

“With each day that passes, I am thankful to be a black Igbo female visual artist. I’m constantly coming into the realization that it is up to me to present myself, and bring forth my own happiness. I carry some ideas, thoughts, and truths that are reflective of various customs and traditions. But I also accept and carry with me truths that are not.

I work to involve more traditions rooted in various cultures. Conversing with different people unlocks the door for my beliefs to be questioned. How I best choose to honor myself and speak honestly in those instances, when there is potential for relationships to be formed or broken, really defines who I am as an individual person. Creating portraits and figurative pieces is my way of indicating the importance of knowing thy self.”

Curator Bio

Devyn Leonor Briggs was raised in Bethlehem, PA and studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, graduating with a BFA in 2013 and MPS in Business of Art and Design in 2014. She has maintained a studio at the Banana Factory since 2014, teaching art to all ages at the Banana Factory, Allentown Art Museum, and Bethlehem Area School District. Devyn has served in consulting roles at the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art and Raven Fine Art Editions and is currently a Career Readiness Specialist and adjunct faculty member at Northampton Community College.

Since opening her studio, she has been dedicated to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Lehigh Valley arts community and has served on a number of committees including the Southside Arts District Design Committee, the African American Business Leaders Council Events Committee, the Guild of Creative Citizens Advisory Board, CACLV’s Color Outside the Lines Quality of Life Committee, and Juneteenth Lehigh Valley.

Venue Information
Banko Gallery
Banana Factory
25 W Third Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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