Mimi Ọnụọha, data visualization artist opens new Creative Inquiries series
Showing through April 2022
Cutting-edge Nigerian-American artist Mimi Ọnụọha, who explores issues of race, fairness and data in her work, is the first speaker in the new series Creative Inquiries that VCU Libraries is launching March 24.
This exhibit showcases Ọnụọha’s work which asks provocative questions about the relationship between people and data.
“Ọnụọha looks beyond the data points themselves and instead digs deeper to reveal the whole narrative surrounding data collection as a process. Weaving together threads of histories related to missing, destroyed and forgotten data sets. Ọnụọha also examines the labor and politics surrounding data collection.”
“Her work gives us keen insight into the ways that seemingly objective materials, like data, are gathered and distributed with the same prejudices and inequities that disproportionately affect marginalized peoples. Ultimately, Ọnụọha’s work addresses the power of data collection and questions the role that data plays in shaping our realities, histories and futures. Given the important role that data collection plays in research, especially surrounding the topic of technology, she was the ideal speaker to reflect the hope of this series as a whole. Rather than approaching technology as the answer to every problem, this series aims to create a platform where research-based makers (or researchers who make) can ask better questions about technology.”
The event takes place Thursday, March 24 at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Sign up here