Regina Agu

Artistic Special Collaborations
Type of work
Visual art

In residence through a collaboration with New Orleans Museum of Art, Regina Agu created Passage, an installation for NOMA’s Great Hall, displayed in conjunction with their exhibition Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana. Agu worked closely with Studio botanist David Baker as she explored and investigated the Louisiana landscape.

Regina Agu’s recent 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 and theories drawn from black geographies, 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 projectsps.

Her work has been included in exhibitions, public readings, and performances nationally. In 2018, Agu was a Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts + Project Row Houses fellow at the University of Houston, a Lawndale Artist Studio Program resident, and was awarded a residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans through a partnership with For Freedoms. 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.

Passage by Regina Agu was created in partnership with New Orleans Museum of Art, through an artist residency with A Studio in the Woods.