Arit Emmanuela Etukudo is a Nigerian-American experimental storyteller whose work focuses on creating physical and metaphysical atmospheres where audience members are asked how it is that they choose to understand the life experience. By creating symbol heavy installation pieces, her objective is to shape what is breathed in, seen, felt and digested by her audience. Her practice speaks on the relationship between her bodies, their physical movements in the world and their incorporeal movements as a result of that.
She uses self-portraits in my work as retaliation against spaces where her body has not been welcomed. Arit forces my audience to acknowledge her existence and confront their own private thoughts of how it is that they choose to digest this body. She uses her own experiences as a way of announcing her existence to the world, where she often feels invisible.
She received her BA in Cinematic Arts from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Baltimore and her MFA in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University. She also studied on Erasmus at Ecole supérieure d’art et de design, Le Mans.