Charles Okereke

Charles Okereke

Medium: Photography
Project Participation in: 2009 & 2010 Road Trips



Born in 1966 in Kano, Northern Nigeria, Charles Okereke is a multi media artist, whose works spans from painting, photography, sculpture and furniture design and making. His works are research oriented, and verges more on humanity and the environment either through direct documentary photography for archival purposes, as a resource material for a re-interpretation of the documented object into broad based applications, as installed forms or developed to applied utilitarian purposes. Charles Okereke’s photographic sojourn is branching to near abstraction, which at face value does not reveal any obvious statement, but becomes apparent on closer examination. Charles Okereke is a member of photography Collective, Black Box, and also a founding member of the Trans-African Photography Road Trip group – Invisible Borders.


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May – September, 2013: “For a Sustainable World” 9th Edition, Bamako Photography Encounters, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Lisbon, Portugal

May – August 2013: “Go-Slow: Diaries of Personal and Collective Stagnation in Lagos”, Skoto Gallery. New York, USA

July 2013: The Accra Project Exhibition (Invisible Borders) Accra, Ghana April 2013: “Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Washington DC, USA March 2013: “Cities in Transition”, Marker, Art Dubai. Dubai, UAE December 2012: Addis Foto Fest (Invisible Borders) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June – August 2012: “Bozar Expo (Tour & Taxi)” 9TH Edition Bamako Encounters. Brussels, Belgium June-September 2012: “We Face Forward”, Manchester Gallery U.K. Photo installation Manchester, UK

February – April 2012: “The Ungovernables”, The New Museum 2nd Triennial Exhibition, (Invisible Borders), New York, USA

November 2011: “For a Sustainable World”, Rencontres de Bamako,African photography Biennial. 9th Edition Bamako, Mali

March – April 2011: 2nd Collectives Encounter “Mapping the Flaneur”, Format International Festival (Black Box Collective) Derby U.K.

October – December 2010: The Idea of Africa (re-invented), Kunsthalle (Invisible Borders) Bern Switzerland

November 2010: World Black Arts Festival (Invisible Borders) Dakar, Senegal

May 2010: 3rd Photo Africa Exhibition Tarifa, Spain.

February 2010: Invisible Borders (Seminar and Photo Projection), Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos Lagos, Nigeria

November 2009: Recontres De Bamako, African photography Biennial, 8th Edition (Invisible Borders) Bamako, Mali.


  • June 2011: Global Arts Critic, Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos, Nigeria
  • August 2006: “Football World” (Akinbode Akinbiyi), Goethe Institute, Lagos, Nigeria.

NOMINATIONS 2012: 4th Prix Pictet “Power” Nominated Series: “Entwined Energy” 2013: 5th Prix Pictet “Consumption” Nominated Series: “The Canal People”


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