The Future Awards Africa Winners Spotlight: Emeka Okereke (Artist of the Year, 2009)


Winner of the Artist of the year prize at the 2009 edition of The Future Awards Africa, Emeka Okereke  is a Nigerian photographer who lives and works between Africa and Europe. He began a career in photography in 2001, but works with a variety of media, including poetry, video and collaborative projects to address issues pertinent to his convictions. His works “deal mainly with the questions of co-existence (beyond the limitations of predefined spaces), otherness and self-discovery”. He is a member of the Depth of Field (DOF) collective, a group made up of six Nigerian photographers.

He is responsible for organising the first ever photographic exchange projects between a school in France and one in Nigeria involving the Fine Art School of Paris and Yaba College of Arts and Technology Lagos. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of “Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Project” an annual photographic project which assembles up to ten artists from Africa towards a roadtrip across Africa.

In 2003, he won the Best Young Photographer award from the AFAA “Afrique en Création” in the 5thedition of the Bamako Photo Festival of photography. He holds 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, Nurnberg, Brussels, Johannesburg, New York, Washington, Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, Paris and more.

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