ebere agwuncha is a designer, maker, and artist based in Chicago via Anambra State, Nigeria. Her dexterous practice aims to hybridize various craft and materials including wood, ceramic, and natural fiber. Through creating ‘care-filled architecture(s)’ and speculative installations, they aim to preserve Igbo stories through more expansive iterations using a diverse set of techniques. She pushes the cusp of perfection - or imperfection - while intimately using her hands to physicalize ideas. ebere is currently developing a series Creating Care-filled Igbo Architecture(s) which celebrates the intersections of architecture, design, craft, and art in the Igbo sphere and beyond through exploring various inquiries. The word architecture(s) has been adapted to also include object design, functional structures, and visual literature. ebere’s work aims to push an approach of “hybridity” as a method to acknowledge varying cultures, narratives and practices for building our present-futures.
ebere holds a degree in Industrial Design degree from Iowa State University and was recently the inaugural artist-in-exchange with the Sculpture Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for the spring of 2022. owoko, their first solo exhibition was shown at the Comfort Station (Chicago, IL) this May of 2022.
Image: installation view during the exhibition opening, nsude 1-5 vessels sitting on an extruded surface and surrounded by soil, “owoko” - ebere agwuncha, Comfort Station, 2022/Photo: Tj Walker