Temitayo Ogunbiyi, “you will play in the everyday, running”, 2020. Courtesy l’artista. Foto © Amedeo Benestante.

Temitayo Ogunbiyi

you will play in the everyday, running

08.07.2020 — 05.04.2021

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The Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee commissioned Temitayo Ogunbiyi, an artist who lives and works in Lagos, to create a playground for the Madre museum. Interactive sculptures – the design of which is inspired by plant tendrils, hairstyling techniques and the itinerary traced by Google Maps between Lagos and Naples – transform the museum’s inner courtyard into a play area and a garden, for children and adults to explore.

Temitayo Ogunbiyi’s artistic research, which often draws inspiration from the natural context, local identities and traditions, is also the starting point for a series of workshops entitled Planting and plant love: through references to local edible plants and to cooking stories from Campania and Nigeria, the work sits within ‘nature’, in a space in the museum courtyard where children of all ages can discover how to take care of a common garden.


Temitayo Ogunbiyi

Temitayo Ogunbiyi’s art explores the relationship between the environment, line, and representation. Moving between drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, her work responds to and forges dialogues between global current events, anthropological histories, and botanical cultures. Systems that capture, mediate, and direct the movement of people and matter is a recurring subject of investigation in her practice. In 2018, she built her first functional playground, appropriating construction materials and conventional household items into a composition of abstract stimuli. The artist has made three functional playgrounds to date.
Ogunbiyi is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Smithsonian Artist in Research Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Fellowship. Her artwork has been included in exhibitions at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (Brooklyn, NYC), Perm Art Museum, the Dom Umenia (Bratislava, Slovakia), Berlin Art Projects, the Fries Museum in Berlin, and most recently, the 2nd Lagos Biennial of Contemporary Art 2019. Her playground project also featured in a curatorial publication commissioned by the 10th Berlin Biennale. Ogunbiyi earned a BA from Princeton University (2006) and a MA from Columbia University (2011).
The Nigerian-Jamaican-US artist lives and works in Lagos.


Temitayo Ogunbiyi. Photo by Kristen Windmuller-Luna. Courtesy the artist.