Katrina Nzegwu (b. 1999, London) is a maker, curator, writer and facilitator, who graduated from BA Fine Art & History of Art, at Goldsmiths, University of London. Katrina works as Artist Researcher for Hannah Barry Gallery and its sister not-for-profit space Bold Tendencies, alongside hosting a monthly interview radio show on RTM FM, entitled MP3 4 Bois. Nzegwu has written for platforms including 3rd World zine, Carrion Press, and Studio West Gallery, and published her first “poetry” collection, Mixtape, with Em-Dash Press in January.
Making work that skates the line between the political and the absurd, Nzegwu galvanises dark humour, often using referential or archival material such as literature, music and contemporary meme formats to explore personal, and collective memory and experience. The core of Nzegwu’s practice is the exploration of self via the personal archive – the translation of her particular position in the world, into works that pay heed to the diaristic. Currently preoccupied by notions of semi-fictional mythology, intergenerational storytelling, and embodied knowledge, her works incorporate self-authored texts, rendered in various configurations.
Often working with/through collage and textiles as methodologies, extant symbols and texts are instrumental in Nzegwu’s production of auto-fictive works: the use of real characters and speculative subplots, deployed in service of a search for “self.” The capacities of the sonic are also important to Nzegwu’s practice - the emotive possibilities of aural modulation to shape psychological perception, and foster connection.