Karl Ohiri (b. 1983, Greenwich) is a 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. Recurring themes include family, identity, belonging and cultural heritage. The politics of the self is used as way to challenge the boundaries between the public and the private - 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 discourse that probes identity, social issues, popular culture and the lives of others.

Drawing on his studies in visual culture: semiotics, appropriation and recontextualisation are used playfully within his art, incorporating the use of photography, archives and everyday objects.

 

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Protest 15, from the series, A Year in Protest - 2018



 

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 – 35mm Nigerian studio colour photography preservation project.

Present - Morocco Photos - medium-format black & white Nigerian studio photography from the 60s - 70s



FORTHCOMING

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



SELECTED EXHIBITIONS - TALKS - GRANTS

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

2019 - Personal Structures - IDENTITES, group show in the context of the 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

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

 

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, 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



PUBLICATIONS

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

Welcome Collection

Arts Council England Collection

Les Recontres d’ Arles Collection



 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


 

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