Victor EhikhamenorVictor Ehikhamenor is an artist, photographer, and writer born in the village of Udomi-Uwessan, Nigeria. He has had numerous exhibitions in Nigeria, the United States, Europe, and Asia. His short-fiction piece “Madam” and his drawings “Postcards from Italy” were part of the German pavilion at the 56th la Biennale di Venezia art exhibition curated by Okwui Enwezor in 2015. Ehihamenor was the creative director of the award-winning Next newspapers in lags, where he also wrote the satirical column “Excuse Me!” In 2013 he collaborated with the celebrated Nigerian fashion designer Ituen Basi to create the eclectic Ekemini collection which has been featured in Vogue Itali and the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. In 2015 he started a peace initiative called Ink Not Blood, using art, writing, cartoons, and lectures to promote national peace in Nigeria. He maintains a studio in Lagos, Nigeria and Maryland, United States.
Imo Nse ImehImo Nse Imeh is a Nigerian American visual artist and scholar of African diaspora art and aesthetics, and an assistant professor of art and art history at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. He is the author of Daughters of Seclusion: The Revelation of the Ibibio “Fattened Bride” as the Icon of Beauty and Power (Peter Lang, 2012), a book based on his doctoral research at Yale University, on the Ibibio women’s ritual known as mbopo. Imeh’s Ibibio heritage has become a central point of reference and contemplation in both his art and scholarship. Photo Credit: BuzzSnaps Photography.
Adejoke TugbiyeleBorn in Brooklyn, New York in 1977 to Nigerian immigrants, and raised for seven years in Lagos Nigeria, award-winning artist/activist Adejoke Tugbiyele boldly, yet delicately weaves complex ideas about race, gender, sexuality, spirituality and migration. Her sculptural process combines the weaving of fibrous materials around light metal structures, producing abstract figurative forms with universal elements of androgyny, armor, flight, seduction, myth and mystery. Her practice is influenced by multiple genres including ready-made/assemblage, architecture and performance/film. Tugbiyele's work has been exhibited at reputable institutions around the world including the Brooklyn Museum, The Newark Museum, The Museum of Arts and Design, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos Nigeria, The Goethe Institut (in Lagos, Nigeria and Washington D.C), The Centre for Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland, and The United Nations. Tugbiyele’s work is in the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum and The Newark Museum. She has also participated in several international art fairs including 1:54 Contemporary African Art, London, Art Dubai, Joburg Art Fair in both 2013 and 2015, Art 15: London’s Global Art Fair and LOOP Video Art Festival, Barcelona, Spain.
Adejoke Tugbiyele is the recipient of several awards including being named Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015, a Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship in 2013, the 2014 Serenbe Artist-in-Residence, the 2013 Amalie Rothschild Award, and the 2012 William M. Phillips Award for best figurative sculpture. In 2014, images of her sculptural works graced the first-ever United States publication of poetry by the African Poetry Book Fund. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, BBC News Focus on Africa, and The Feminist Wire. In 2014, she appeared on CNN International as the first openly gay woman of Nigerian heritage to come out in the media. Tugbiyele received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum, The Newark Museum and significant private collections in the United States and Hong Kong. Download Photo