BIOGRAPHY

BIOGRAPHY

Emeka Okereke born in 1980 is a Nigerian visual artist and writer who lives and works between Lagos and Berlin, moving from one to the other on a frequent basis. He came in contact with photography in 2001. He was a member of the renowned Nigerian photography collective, Depth of Field (DOF). 

He has a Bachelors/Masters degree from the National Fine Art School of Paris and has exhibited in biennales and art festivals in different cities of the world, notably Lagos, Bamako, Cape Town, London, Berlin, Bayreuth, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Brussels, Johannesburg, New York, Washington, Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, Paris, etc. His works was exhibited at the 56th Venice Biennale of Arts under the Invisible Borders space-installation: “A Trans-African Worldspace”  which he also directed. 

Okereke's works oscillate between diverse mediums. He employs mainly photography, time-based medium of video, poetry and performative interventions in the exploration of the central theme of ‘borders’.

Another aspect of his practice lies in project organising and lecturing: coordinating artistic interventions which promote exchanges cutting across indigenous and international platforms. In 2008 he organised the first ever photographic exchange projects between schools in France and Nigeria – The Fine Art School of Paris and Yaba College of Arts and Technology Lagos. This was eventually followed by Crossing Compasses: Lagos-Berlin Photo Exchange and Converging Visions: Nigeria - Netherlands Photo Exchange (2012).

Emeka has served as guest lecturer in several art platforms and learning institutions of which the most recent is with the MFA photography of Harford University in Connecticut, USA. 

He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Invisible Borders: The Trans-African Project 

AWARDS/NOMINATIONS

  • 2016 Nominee, Prix Elysée for Photography (2016 - 2018)
  • 2016 Long list nominee, Prix Pictet, 2016
  • 2009 Artist of the Year, Future Awards Nigeria
  • 2008 Winner, Visa Pour la Creation for project "Bagamoyo", Maputo Mozambique
  • 2004 TV5, Paris Prize for Best Photography at the Exhibition "Made in Africa", Milan Italy.
  • 2003  Best Young Photographer of the 5th Festival of photography. Bamako, Mali.

POSITION 

  • 2009 – Present Founder/ Artistic Director of Invisible Borders Trans-African Photographers Organisation. 

SELECTED EXHIBTIONS

  • 2017 A Trans-African Worldspace, Amsterdam Photography Museum (FOAM)
  • 2017 “History ASAP”, Kunstraum, Dusseldorf, Germany.
  • 2017 “Collective Thinking, For Freedom”, Aperture Foundation Gallery NY
  • 2016 “No Borders” Gallery Dominique Fiat, Paris, France
  • 2016 Unseen Art Photo Fair, with Invisible Borders Trans-African Project
  • 2015 56th Venice Biennale of Arts, International exhibition curated by Okwui Enwezor.
  • 2012 New Museum of New York, exhibition with Invisible Borders Trans-African Project.
  • 2011 ATOPIA – Art and City in 21st Century, CCCB, Barcelona.
  • 2009 Photoquai Biennale, Musée Quai Branly Paris.
  • 2009 2nd Pan African Festival of Arts of Algeria, Algiers.
  • 2009 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Arts, Thessaloniki
  • 2009 10th Havana Biennale, Havana.
  • 2009 A Tale of One City, Oslo Museum, Oslo.
  • 2008 Bagamoyo – Photography and the Useful Space, Catembe, Maputo. (Solo)
  • 2008 Unspoken Hero, Neukölln Museum, Berlin. (Solo)
  • 2006 Snap Judgement, International Center of Photography,  New York. Curated by Okwui.
  • 2003 5th Bamako Biennale of Photography, Bamako, Mali.

LECTURING EXPERIENCE

  • October 2017: Guest Lecturer, Hartford University MFA Photography. San Francisco, California.
  • May 2017: Guest Lecturer, Hartford University MFA Photography. Berlin, Germany.
  • February 2017: Critical Writing Workshop, Nlele Institute of Photography, Lagos, Nigeria.

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