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Morton Fine Art Presents Hip Sistas in Flux: The Visual-Lingual Braid

Asian Uboikpa (Hip Sista) Series #10, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 60"x48". Courtesy of Morton Fine Art.

Asian Uboikpa (Hip Sista) Series #10, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 60″x48″. Courtesy of Morton Fine Art.


Opening Reception: Friday, May 1 from 6pm to 8pm


About Victor Ekpuk
The central theme of Ekpuk’s work is the exploration of the relationships, challenges and responses to changes that characterize the human condition. Of particular interest to his artwork is Nsibidi, an indigenous African system of writing that employs graphic signs, and codes to convey concepts. Inspired by this ancient writings, forms in his works are reduced to basic essence resulting in new symbols or codes in script-like drawings that are used to express contemporary experiences. When combined with Nsibidi signs, these “scripts” also provide the background narrative to his compositions. Most often these narratives are better perceived when they are felt rather than read literally.

Victor Ekpuk’s artwork can be found in the permanent collections of the following noteworthy institutions:

  • Smithsonian Institution Nation Museum of African Art, Washington DC
  • The Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • Newark Museum, New Jersey
  • The World Bank, Washington DC
  • University of Maryland University College Art Collection
  • The US Department of State

About Hip Sistas in Flux: The Visual-Lingual Braid
Asian Uboikpa (Hip Sista) series is an engagement of the aesthetics of women of African descent. This series of paintings and drawings started as exploration of the art of hairstyles and body markings: a form of self-expression among young women of southeastern Nigeria. It has expanded to acknowledge similar attitude towards body image and self-expression among young black women in the Diaspora. Asian Uboikpa in Ibibio language references proud young women or virgins, while Hip Sista is an African American idiom used to describe a highly fashionable woman.

Perhaps this attitude of proudly inviting a public gaze by being hip through changing one’s body image with elaborate hairstyles and body adornments is no coincidence. Through genetic memory, these African cultural practices continue to find expression among women of the African Diaspora.
The perpetual flux of the old and the contemporary, of Africa and the Diaspora and the persistence of cultural memory are the main considerations in these works.
-Victor Ekpuk

About Morton Fine Art
Founded as an innovative solution to the changing contemporary art market, Morton Fine Art (MFA) is a fine art gallery and curatorial group that collaborates with art collectors and visual artists to inspire fresh ways of acquiring contemporary art. Firmly committed to the belief that anyone can become an art collector, MFA’s mission is to provide accessibility to museum-quality contemporary art through a combination of innovative exhibitions and a new generation of art services.

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 6pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Morton Fine Art is located at 1781 Florida Ave. NW. For further information and images, please contact Amy Morton: [email protected]