|Charles Okereke (2010) |
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.
Charles Okereke has appeared locally and internationally in major Photographic events, including:
o “Go-Slow: Diaries of Personal and Collective Stagnation in Lagos”, Skoto Gallery, New York, USA, May – August 2013
o The Accra Project Exhibition (Invisible Borders), Accra, Ghana, July 2013
o “Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa”, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA April 2013o “Cities in Transition”, Marker (CCA), Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE, March 2013o Addis Foto Fest (Invisible Borders), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 2012
o “BOZAR EXPO (Tour & Taxi)” 9th Edition Bamako Encounters, Brussels, Belgium, June - August 2012o “We Face Forward”, Manchester Gallery U.K. (Photo installation), Manchester, UK, June-September 2012o “The Ungovernables”(Invisible Borders), The New Museum 2nd Triennial Exhibition, New York, USA, February – April 2012o “For a Sustainable World”, Rencontres de Bamako, African photography Biennial (9th Edition), Bamako, Mali, November 2011o ‘Mapping the Flaneur’ 2nd Collectives Encounter, Format International Festival, (Black Box Collective), Derby U.K., March - April 2011o The Idea of Africa (re-invented)(Invisible Borders) Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, October - December 2010o World Black Arts Festival (Invisible Borders), Dakar, Senegal, November 2010o 3rd Photo Africa Exhibition, Tarifa, Spain, May 2010o Invisible Borders (Seminar and Photo Projection), Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos, Nigeria, February 2010o Recontres De Bamako, African photography Biennial (Invisible Borders), Bamako, Mali, November 2009