Onyeka Igwe lives and works in London. Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions and screenings including at The High Line, New York; LUX, London; Mercer Union, Toronto; and Jerwood Arts, London. Her video works have been screened at institutions and festivals including KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; London Film Festival; Rotterdam International Film Festival; CC Matienzo, Buenos Aires; Smithsonian African American Film Festival; ICA, London; and Edinburgh Artist Moving Image. She has been featured in major international presentations including the Dhaka Art Summit and Berlin Biennale. She was recently nominated for the 2022 Jarman Award; the MaxMara Artist Prize for Women 22-24; and awarded the 2020 Arts Foundation Futures Award for Experimental Short Film and the 2019 Berwick New Cinema Award.
A Radical Duet (2023) imagines the meeting, in 1940s London, of two anti-colonialist women who channel the revolutionary fervour and ideas of the time into writing a play. Following the screening, Onyeka Igwe invites the audience to take part in a communal reading and discussion of Maskarade (1973), a play by the Caribbean theoretician, playwright, novelist and intellectual Sylvia Wynter whose biography and theorisations were vital in the development of this film and the larger research project which propose storytelling as essential to imagining the world otherwise.