Nanci Amaka is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist exploring ideas surrounding trauma, identity, memory and the liminal space between experience and language. Working from the theory that traumatic events challenge perceptions of power, autonomy, and identity; her work explores displacement due to widespread ecological destruction & global warfare. As well as the effects of traumatic memories on the human body and mind.  Her performances are poetic narratives of memory retrieval & inspection that investigate limits of vulnerability & social empathy, by creating charged contemplative experiences.

Nanci received a BA in Visual Critical Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Nanci was born in Nigeria and spent her formative years in a rural rainforest village in south eastern Nigeria. She now lives and works in Hawaii.

 
Nanci Amaka | Honolulu Scar Stories (2017) 

Nanci Amaka | Honolulu Scar Stories (2017) 

the surface of a mirror, turned to the world
scars are badges; wear them with pride