Join us for Nanci Amaka's AiR Opening Night


A Solo Exhibition by Nanci Amaka

Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 6-8PM


Honolulu-based artist Nanci Amaka, BoxJelly + fishcake's latest Artist-in-Residence, explores the anxieties surrounding concepts of love, loss, embodiment, and letting go with a new series of work.

Amaka’s primary inspiration was her mother, mysteriously killed when she was a young girl. Through video, photography and sculptural media, she explores anxieties she endured from the loss of her mother as an adult, as well as lessons learned. Amaka’s artistic process involved re-enacting memories and metaphysical childhood visions of her mother, an intimate performance of dealing with her death and release of her lifelong search for answers.


Nanci Amaka is the current Box Jelly + Fishcake Artist-in-Residence, based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Nanci’s work explores 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 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.