Alexandria Eregbu performs a scene from Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man—reinterpreting Louis Armstrong’s simultaneous playing and singing of “(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue.” This performance is a part of Edra Soto: Open 24 Hours.
Alexandria Eregbu is a conceptual artist and multidisciplinary deviant. Her practice often takes the form of maker, curator, and educator. Led by the spirit of inquiry and desire, Eregbu’s work interrogates soul urgency and seeks to restore balance amongst past familial, ancestral, and collective traumas, with the intent of guiding a more vibrant and harmonious future. Most notably, Eregbu was a recipient of the 3Arts Award in 2016. She has participated in a range of exhibitions and fellowships, including artist-in-residence with The Center for AfroFuturist Studies and Stony Island Arts Bank (2016); curatorial fellow with ICI’s Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans (2017); and artist resident at Camargo Foundation (2018). Her work has been highlighted in Hyperallergic, AFROPUNK, VAM Magazine, Time Out Chicago, and Bad At Sports, and listed in Newcity’s “Breakout Artists: Chicago’s Next Generation of Image Makers.” Eregbu received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013.