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.



 

EDUCATION

2007 - 2008 - MA Photography & Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths University, London, UK

2004 - 2007 - First Class (BA Hons) Media Culture & Communication, Greenwich University, London, UK



CURATORIAL PROJECTS

Present - Lagos Studio Archives - studio film photography preservation project from the 70s to the millennium.


FORTHCOMING

15.02.20 - 30.05.20 - Go On Being So, group show, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Newlyn, UK

10.03.20 - Artist Film Screening, New Moving Image - DAM Projects, London, UK

28.05.20 - Presenting Practice - Artist Talk, QUAD, Derby, UK

2020 - DTBC - Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art, Lagos, Nigeria


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 Recontres 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 - Recontres a Reattu, curated by Andy Neyrotti, Les Recontres 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 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, 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, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, London, UK

2011 – Hybrid Lives, 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, with essay by Hansi Momodu-Gordon, ed. 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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