US based conceptual artist, Fatimah Tuggar, whose work is defined by her use of “assemblage, collage and montage” has earned the unique distinction as the first artist to be featured in The Space, a high brow personality centered event and television program created by Kadaria Ahmed.
The inaugural edition held on Saturday July 28, 2018 at the Radisson Blu hotel, Ozumba Mbadiwe, VI, Lagos.
According to its mission statement, “the program is designed to provide an open, uncluttered, empty space – figuratively speaking – into which highly accomplished individuals can infuse and project their live’s work, style and personality – in short their story, in any way they like, be it as an exhibition or as a talk (we will encourage the fusion of the two) and share it with a select audience.”
The program opened with Tuggar, who is a professor in the Arts Department of the University of Memphis, Tennessee, giving an expansive talk on her work with specialemphasis on what informs the style and theme.
She said her works are concerned with notions of temporality and fragility using every day art and craft and found objects to show the nexus of technology and the mundane.
Tuggar’s works are subversive and political all at once on account of the power dynamic it addresses through the interaction of technology with 3rd world bric-a-brat.
presentation done, Tuggar had a conversation with Visual artist, Victor Ehikhamenor who also moderated the interactive session with the larger house.
Accepting that her work can be subversive and political, Tuggar, who went to school at Queens college before heading to the US, in answer to a question by Victor Ehikhamenor said “I am not a religious artist. I am interested in how we can live with our differences.”