Uche Okpa-Iroha

Born in 1972 - Nigeria

BIOGRAPHY

Uche Okpa-Iroha is a photographer and visual artist who lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. He studied at the Education Federal University of Technology, Owerri. Okpa-Iroha’s first major project, Under Bridge Life, was published in 2008 and later awarded the Seydou Keita Prize for best photographic creation at the 8th Bamako Encounters.

He is a leading member of the Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Project and a founding member of the Blackbox Photography Collective. He is also founder of the Nnele Institute (African Center for Photography) and was a fellow of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kusten, Amsterdam.

Okpa-Iroha recently exhibited his series The Plantation Boy at LagosPhoto 2013 in Lagos, Nigeria and the JoBurg.

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EXHIBITIONS

2014
The Nigerian Centenary Photography Exhibition, Bonhams, London
The First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

2013
Go-Slow: Diaries of Personal and Collective Stagnation in Lagos, Skoto Gallery, NY

2012
Triennial: The Ungovernables. New Museum of Contemporary Art. NY

2011
Afropolis: City, Media, Art. Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum. Koln
Nigerians Behind the Lens, Bonhams, London

2010
The Idea of Africa (re-invented) #1, Kunstualle, Bern, Switzerland
Africa: See You, See Me! Lisbon, Portugal.
Uprooting the Gaze: Foreign Places, Familiar Patterns. Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton
‘Under Bridge life’: Exhibition of Bamako Encounters, Morocco, Johannesburg & Brussels

2009
8th Bamako Encounters, Biennial of African Photography, Bamako, Mali.
Second Photo Africa Contest, Exhibition, Tarifa, Spain.
10th Havana Biennial (BlackBox Photography Collective), Havana, Cuba.
Pride! – Portrait Photography Exhibition, Goethe Institut, Lagos.

2008
Energy of the City, A CORA Exhibition, Lagos.
Loving Lagos, Exhibition, Berlin, Germany.
First Photo Africa Contest, Exhibition, Tarifa, Spain.

2007
Life in My City Art and Photography Exhibition and Competition, Enugu.
Nocturnal Vibrations (Black Box Photography Collective) at the Goethe Institut, Lagos.

2006 Football Worlds: Goethe Institut, Lagos.

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