BIOGRAPHY

British-Nigerian artist b.1983

Primarily using photography, archives, and everyday objects the artist uses methods of appropriation and recontextualisation to make art that comments on the social, political and the autobiographical. Personal experiences form the basis of his practice exploring themes around the notion of family, identity, cultural heritage and popular culture.

 

EDUCATION

2007 - 2008 - MA Photography & Urban Cultures

2004 - 2007 - BA Media Culture & Communications





 

 


CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2018 - Present - Lagos Studio Archives – 35mm Nigerian studio portraiture preservation project

 

FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS

2019 - Personal Structures, group show, Collateral Event, 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS - TALKS - GRANTS

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 - Recontres a Reattu, group show, curated by Andy Neyrotti, Les Recontres d’ Arles, 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 - 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 - Tear My Bra, group show, curated by Azu Nwagbogu, Les Recontres 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, 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, Curated by Karl Ohiri, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London, UK

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

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

2018 - Welcome Collection

2017 - Arts Council England Collection

2016 - Les Recontres d’ Arles Collection



 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


 

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