Archives in Non-Fiction Cinema
Onyeka Igwe is an artist and researcher working between cinema and installation, born and based in London, UK. In her non-fiction video work, Onyeka uses dance, voice, archives, sound design and text to create structural ‘figure-of-eights’, a format that exposes a multiplicity of narratives. Her works have been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, LUX, Berlin Biennale, and the London, Rotterdam International, Essay and Smithsonian African American film festivals. She has exhibited at articule, Montreal, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Jerwood Space, London and The Showroom, London.
She was awarded the New Cinema Award at Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 2019 and the 2020 Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for Experimental Film.
Onyeka has recently completed a practice based PhD researching British colonial film archives and developing a methodology that challenges the orthodoxy of Western knowledge systems. She has been published in MIRAJ, Alphaville, and most recently, had an article titled 'Being Close to, With or Amongst' on her archive methodology in The Feminist Review. She teaches film production and art history and theory at Kingston University and the Ruskin School of Art.