Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Fall 2018 Regina Agu

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Regina Agu

Houston, TX
Residency awarded through partnership with For Freedoms

Regina Agu’s work investigates the complex relationships between the landscape and communities of color, with a special focus on the U.S. Gulf Coast region. Her work is conceptually oriented towards language, history, and representation. Agu’s practice employs a variety of tactics drawn from critical geography, conceptual writing, and poetry. Her research often involves site exploration and working with and through archives. Agu produces texts, photographs, and drawings, in addition to installations, performances, and collaborative public projects. 

Her work has been included in exhibitions, public readings, and performances nationally. She is currently a Center for Arts and Social Engagement + Project Row Houses fellow at the University of Houston. Agu received a 2017 Artadia Houston award and was a 2016-2017 Open Sessions participant at The Drawing Center. Agu was the co-director of Alabama Song, a collaboratively-run art space in Third Ward, Houston, which received a 2016 SEED grant from The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Agu is the founder of the Houston-based WOC Reading Group, and her other collaborative projects include Friends of Angela Davis Park and the Houston-based independent small press paratext.

  • Drape Panorama 02, 2017, digital photo print and wood, 50.75 x 12.5 x 5.5 inches

  • Sea Change (installation view at Project Row Houses), 2016, vinyl print, 70 feet x 6 feet approx

  • Trader’s Compass, 2018, mixed media on clayboard, 11 x 14 x 0.75 inches

  • Letters to Akilah 02, 2018, graphite on paper, 12 x 9 inches

All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.