JC Bright (b. 1994) is an artist, art historian, writer, and curator. Chiefly driven by momentary fascinations, his work unpacks layers of experiences with the self and shared spaces, alongside a bias for familial encasements. Recruiting abstraction and botanical manifestations in the biomorphic, he unweaves intricacies, personal and other opinions as a means of constructively probing layers of his investigations. Currently, he is researching abstract art of Africa and the African diaspora, while his curatorial work is based around agency, eco-aesthetics, and materiality. He is the Associate Curator for Rele Gallery in Los Angeles and Lagos. Bright earned a First Class Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and Design from the University of Port Harcourt, specializing in Art History. He lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.
In 1995, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other environmental activists, all of Ogoni origin, were hanged by the Nigerian government for standing in the way of the Royal Dutch Shell oil company. Saro-Wiwa’s work acted as a catalyst for some, if not all, who came afterwards, and his legacy continues through songs, poems, films, and visual art.