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Victoria-Idongesit Udondian: Àdápé

Victoria-Idongesit Udondian, Àdápé, 2019. Photo: Andy Stagg

During spring 2019, Lagos and New York based artist Victoria-Idongesit Udondian transformed Art Block, the South London Gallery’s innovative art and play space on neighbouring Sceaux Gardens Estate.

Udondian collaborated with local children and adults to produce a large-scale tapestry sculpture, made from locally-sourced materials and second-hand clothes. The installation evolved and was activated as residents were invited to contribute items that connect them to their background, cultural lineage, religious affiliations or lived experiences. Àdápé (a composite of Yoruba words meaning ‘to create’ and ‘perfection’) is a space to forge and celebrate collective identities outside a vociferous narrative of divisive nationalism.

Udondian trained as a tailor and fashion designer before studying art, and her practice explores the potential for textiles and clothing to shape identity, and the histories and tacit meanings embedded in everyday materials.

Open Plan is supported by Freelands Foundation with additional funds from Southwark Council’s Youth & Play Grant Programme, the National Lottery Community Fund and other donors.