FRIDA ORUPABO

The official-artistic career of Frida Orupabo developed out of the digital world of algorithms: she was working as a social worker for sex workers and victims forced into prostitution when Arthur Jafa came across her Instagram account @nemiepeba three years ago. It is certainly not a convenient aesthetic that operates Orupabo’s feed and that ultimately led her to the Venice Biennale in 2019, but rather a relentless confrontation with omnipresent historical and simultaneously contemporary sociological problems: gender, racism, post-colonialism, violence, identity. Since 2013 the Norwegian-Nigerian artist has collected almost archivally authentic visual evidence distributed in popular media, amongst them photographic and film records of colonial violence and images of women.*

A show of recent work by Orupabo is on view in Vienna through the end of this week.

FRIDA ORUPABO*

Through January 9.

Koenig2 by robbygreif

Margaretenstrasse 5, Vienna.

Frida Orupabo, Koenig2 by robbygreif, October 22, 2020–January 9, 2021, from top: Untitled, 2019, fine art print on Hahnemühle PhotoRag baryta paper; Untitled, 2019 (detail), video installation, looped; Untitled, 2018, framed pigment print on acid-free semigloss cotton paper; Untitled, 2018, collage with paper pins mounted on cardboard; Untitled, 2019, video installation, looped. Images © Frida Orupabo, courtesy of the artist and Koenig2 by robbygreif.

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