Uche Okpa Iroha

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Uche Okpa-Iroha
“To Whom Shall We Give it To”
Video, photography, drawing
In collaboration with: Chimejeada Jedidiah Okpa-Iroha, Aderemi Adegbite and Bisoye

Through this work, Uche Okpa-Iroha tests a collaborative method while reflecting on the artist’s existence in the midst of society. This means revealing his private life in the midst of a social existence, which also has within it elements of artistic life. In reflecting his social and personal existence, he involves several people, including members of his own family, as his collaborators. While testing his methods for artistic collaboration, he uses various mediums, beginning with photography, drawing and video. For Okpa-Iroha, the process of discussion, negotiation or even the arguments involved in collaboration are a vehicle that can be used to evaluate collaborative methods and questioning our identity.

Uche Okpa-Iroha is a photographer and visual artist who lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. He studied at the 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. His interest is based purely on humanity and he likes to report the essence of human conditions in pictures that will inform and clarify the mind of the onlooker (the viewer). He was in the inaugural project of the Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Project in 2009 and a founding member of the Blackbox Photography Collective. He is also founder of the Nlele Institute and was a fellow of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kusten, Amsterdam. Okpa-Iroha recently exhibited his series “The Plantation Boy” at Lagos Photo 2013 in Lagos, Nigeria and the JoBurg.