Karl Ohiri (b.1983) Hometown: Eltham

British-Nigerian artist based in London. His practice is based around his fascination of the Human Condition and merges two inseparable strands of existence.

The Self:

On-going autobiographical narratives based on personal experiences. The politics of the self is used as a way to challenge the boundaries between the private and the public - inviting his audience to explore the in-between personal spaces that shape his practice, thoughts and sense of self.

The Other:

On-going dialogue based on societal observations, current affairs and collective histories. The works aim to provoke conversations with the public and provide a platform that probes structures of power, social issues and popular culture.


Many of his projects start as written proposals, where the proposal is used as a tool to take creative intiative and collaborate with art spaces, institutions and organisations. Drawing on his studies in visual culture: semiotics, appropriation and recontextualisation are used playfully within his art, incorporating the use of photography, video, text and everyday objects.

His works have been showcased internationally in venues and exhibitions that include the Venice Biennial, Courtauld Gallery, Southbank Centre, Heathrow Terminal 5, Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery. His works are held in the public collections of the Arts Council England, Welcome Collection and Les Recontres d' Arles Photography Collection.






EDUCATION

2007 - 2008 - MA Photography and Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths University, London

2004 - 2007 - BA 1.1 Media Culture & Communication, Greenwich University, London




SELECTED EXHIBITIONS - TALKS - GRANTS


2019 - Instagram Takeover for Photoworks, Brighton, UK

2019 - Lagos Biennial, How to Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine?, Lagos, Nigeria

2019 - Contributing to a paper by Valentine Umansky, Black Portraiture[s] V, University of NYC, USA

2019 - Presenting (Work in Progress) for Praksis Development Forum (PDF) Oslo, Norway

2019 - DYCP Grant - Arts Council England for the curatorial research project Lagos Studio Archives

2019 - Home & Away, group show, to coincide with Les Rencontres d' Arles 50th edition, Galerie Huit, France

2019 - Personal Structures - Identities- in the context of the 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2019 - Visiting Artist, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London

2019 - ForeverNow, participating artist, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, UK

 

2018 - Grant - New Art Exchange, Africa/UK Transforming Art Ecologies, Artist Development

2018 - Time Has Gone, group show, LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos, Nigeria

2018 - There Not There, group show, Courtauld Gallery, London, UK

2018 - Stepchange, group show, City of London University, UK

2018 - Visiting Artist, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, UK

2018 - Art & the Archive, Panel Discussion, Led by Professor Abosede George, LagosPhoto, Nigeria

2018 - Artist talk, in conversation with Harrieliveart, for the students of Kokola Art School, Finland



2017 - Rencontres a Reattu, curated by Andy Neyrotti, Les Rencontres d’ Arles, Musee Reattu, Arles, France

2017 - DisPLACEment, Public Installation, Frequency Festival of Digital Culture, Lincoln, UK

2017 - My Granddad’s Car Part II, Alchemy Festival, Southbank Centre, London, UK

2017 - Rip It Up, co-curated by Bisi Silva, 2nd Changjiang Video & Photography Biennale, China

2017 - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, London, UK

2017 - My Granddad’s Car Part II, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London, UK

2017 - My Granddad’s Car, in conversation with Raquel Villar-Perez, SOAS University, London, UK

2017 - My Granddad’s Car, in conversation with David Waterworth, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London, UK

2017 - Artist Portrait, on display part of Greenwich Portraits, celebrating outstanding alumni, Greenwich, UK

2017 - Visiting Artist, University of Greenwich, London, UK



2016 - My Granddad’s Car II, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK

2016 - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

2016 - Instagram Takeover for National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

2016 - Tear My Bra, group show, curated by Azu Nwagbogu, Les Rencontres d’ Arles, Arles, France

2016 - Sweet Mother, Solo Show, curated by Ohiri + Kassinen, Omenka Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria

2016 - Tender, Chennai Photo Biennial, India

2016 - My Granddad’s Car, in conversation with Skinder Hundal, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK

2016 - Sweet Mother - Artist as Curator talk, Omenka Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria

2016 - Arts Council England Grant - My Granddad’s Car II (Touring Exhibition)

2016 - Artist in Development Fund - Arts Council England Grant - Sweet Mother exhibition



2015 - Smile Orange, group show, curated by Morgan Quaintance, Cubitt Gallery, London, UK

2015 - Uncertain States, group show, annual exhibition, London, UK

2015 - Just Another Photo Festival, New Delhi, India

2015 - I was there, but I didn’t see You, group show, Doomed Gallery, London, UK

2015 - PhotoJunctions, group show, Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Abuja, Nigeria

2015 - Sunscreen, curated by Candice Jacobs, East Midlands Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennial, Italy

2015 - Evidence, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, UK

2015 - Portrait Salon, Embassy Tea Gallery, London

2015 - Studio Visit, Resonance FM, in Conversation with Morgan Quaintance

2015 - Decolonizing Trauma Studies, artist talk, My Granddad's Car, University of Northampton, UK



2014 - Viennacontemporary, Art Fair, Vienna, Austria

2014 - Uncertain States, group show, annual exhibition, Bank Gallery, London, UK

2014 - Sample, group show, curated by Hansi Momodu Gordon, Coronet Street, London UK

2014 - Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, UK

2014 - FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014 - Staging Reality, Documenting Fiction, LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos, Nigeria

2014 - Three Lions: A Portrait of Benjamin Odeje, The New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK

2014 - Truth, Facts, Fiction, Lies, PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, Ireland

2014 - #No Filter – Uncertain States, artist talk, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

2014 - Fictionalising the Self, artist talk, Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, Nigeria



2013 - FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

2013 - The Mega City and the Non-City, LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos, Nigeria

2013 - How to Mend a Broken Heart, Solo Show, Agency Gallery, London, UK

2013 - Beyond Rational Thought, group show, Agency Gallery, London, UK

2013 - My Granddad’s Car, RecylART, Brussels, Belgium

2013 - Artist Talk, Uncertain States, Ziferblat, London, UK



2012 - Family Matters: The Family in British Art, Tate Britain, London

2012 - My Granddad’s Car, Culture Cloud, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK

2012 - My Granddad’s Car, Public Installation, Heathrow Terminal 5, London, UK



2011 – Hybrid Lives, (Touring) Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, London, UK

2011 – Hybrid Lives, curated by Karl Ohiri commisioned by Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London, UK

2011 – Arts Council England Grant - My Granddad’s Car I



PUBLICATIONS


2019 - Personal Structures - Identites, European Cultural Centre, ISBN 978-90-829434-5-0

2018 - Blood & Wire, Sculptor Vox – Volume 2, ISBN 2515-7329

2016 - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, ISBN 978-1-85514795-9

2015 - Africa Under The Prism, Hatje Cantz, ISBN 978-3-7757-4088-3

2015 - A-Z of Leadership, INIVA, London, UK, ISBN 978-1-899846-58-0

2014 - Photoworks Annual 21, ISBN 978-1-903796-50-4

2014 - De Arte, University of South Africa, ISNN 0004-3389




SELF PUBLISHED


2016 - Sweet Mother - Catalogue, Edition of 150 published by Ohiri & Kassinen




PUBLIC COLLECTIONS


Arts Council England Collection

Les Recontres d’ Arles Collection

Welcome Collection

 

PERMANENT DISPLAY


Portrait of the artist by Diane Patrice - University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street, London



 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


 

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