Kambui Olujimi was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn and received his MFA from Columbia University in New York City. Olujimi’s work complicates and reconsiders established modes of thinking that have morphed into what commonly function as “inevitabilities.” Approaching themes of erasure, collective memory and the ineffable from multiple angles of inquiry, his work is expressive and non-linear rather than didactic. With an idiosyncratic sensibility informed by scientific and sociological curiosity and inflected with wry humor, Olujimi mines the collective psyche as a source of social and political commentary and brings them out of the world of the implicit. Once given gravity, weight, and shape it becomes possible to reveal their incongruities and illusory nature.
“I have found, even in this space that was not intended for me—in fact, actually designed to exclude me—questions that are pertinent to my life and the time that I live in today. Questions like how we build the narratives of our lives? And for whom do we build them? How does capitalism force us to describe ourselves? Who is your endurance network? How far will people go to be remembered?”Kambui Olujimi