Gunia Nowik Gallery


Vava Dudu
Jul 2 – Sep 10, 2022

Opening: Saturday, July 2, 2022, 3 – 7 pm

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Parisian polymorph artist Vava Dudu (born in Paris in 1970) similarly repurposes the spaces of visibility she encounters. Her work is infectious and auto-generative, spreading by iteration and variation. Growing up in Paris in the early seventies in Martinican a family, she quickly rose to prominence in the fashion world with her upcycled pieces. Her first designer job for Jean-Paul Gaultier in 1997 led to her winning the prestigious ANDAM prize after teaming up with costume designer Fabrice Lorrain. Remaining affixed to no particular milieu (she prefers the extremes of the word; milieu in French means both a social environment and “middle”), she quickly added music to her art, as a member of electro-punk-zouk-neo-wave group La Chatte (Pussy) since 2003. It is poetry above all, though, which through drawing and painting, stitching and lyrics, acts as a catalyst for her multifarious practice. A meta-layer of sorts, her phrases and symbols aim at spreading out over all possible surfaces. [Spike Magazine] 

Gunia Nowik Gallery is pleased to present a first exhibition by Vava Dudu in Poland. Her one-room installation is based on the works that will be created especially for the gallery space in Warsaw, fitting into the spontaneous model of the artist’s practice.

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Vava Dudu has collaborated with Bjork, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Manson, Neneh Cherry, Kate Moss and John Galliano. Her work has been presented in major exhibitions and performances, including Palais de Tokyo (FR), Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris (FR), Fondation Galeries Lafayettes (Fr), Le Confort Moderne (FR) and Komplot (BE).

Text accompanying the exhibition: Apolonia Sokol

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