Sugar for the Pill • Lisa Ijeoma

Lisa Ijeoma

Lisa Ijeoma (°1997, BE) weaves her personal emotions, experiences, and memories through the history of racism and colonialism. Patchworks and hand-woven textiles become a medium for the suture of intergenerational traumas, carried on from one black body to the next. Their objectification and exploitation by othering gazes is never explicitly shown in Lisa’s work. Instead, the artist chooses to depict scenes after the violence or the beauty of blue, silent nights. For this exhibition, Lisa created two new hand-woven textiles about sleep, the most important activity for proper physical and mental recovery of the human body. Research has shown that economical hardship, physically demanding jobs, and the stresses of racism and sexism causes people of color and uprooted persons to have more unhealthy sleep cycles. Two figures are sleeping during the day, to recover from the ills of society.

Works in Sugar for the Pill:
• Nightskin, 2022. Hand-woven wool textile.
• Untitled, 2022. Hand-woven wool textile.

For Lisa Ijeoma (b 1997, Bruges, BE), making patchworks is a way to work through her emotions and personal experiences. The base of her narratives lay in trauma, racism, fear, abuse, and feelings of displacement and belonging - systemic issues most people of color experience firsthand. Ijeoma is fascinated by the gaze of the ‘Other,’ which is present in the over-sexualization and exploitation of black bodies. Her work is made from found fabrics and sewn by hand. She also researches handweaving in her textile practice.