Born in 1980, Emeka Okereke is a visual artist and writer who lives and works in Africa and Europe. As a graduate from The Fine Art School of Paris, he started photography in 2001. He is a member of the renowned Nigerian photography collective, Depth of Field (DOF).
Presently, his works oscillate between diverse mediums: photography, time-based medium of video, poetry and performative interventions in the exploration of the central theme of ‘borders.’ His works grapple with the questions of exchange and co-existence in the context of various social-cultural confluences. Another aspect of his practice lies in the coordination of artistic interventions, which promote exchanges across indigenous and international platforms. In 2008 he organized the first photographic exchange projects between schools in France and Nigeria – The Fine Art School of Paris and Yaba College of Arts and Technology, in Lagos.
He founded and is the Artistic Director of Invisible Borders: The Trans-African Project. In 2003, he won the Photographer award from the AFAA “Afrique en Création” in the 5th edition of the Bamako Photo Festival of photography. He 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 and Paris. He curated and exhibited at the 56th Venice Biennale of Arts under the Invisible Borders space-installation: “A Trans-African Worldspace.”
Light Switch, 2015,
Printed on Canson rag photographic,
40 x 60 cm,