Keeping it Real

A Conversation with Olu Oguibe

Keep it real memorial to a youth, 1997-2000, installation

Game, 2003, installation

Ukara cloth, Igbo peoples, Nigeria, 1983, cotton, indigo dye, 256.5 x 198.1cm

Mbuti barkcloth paintings, Ituri Forest/Zaire, Democratic Republic of The Congo, approx. 75 cm


Paul Klee, Rider Unhorsed and Bewitched,

“So, who knows: perhaps abstraction in the West was invented in 1911, although Paul Klee copied Mbuti abstract drawings well before then. That’s of less interest to me given that drawing, painting, and design in my own culture were always abstract until well after 1911. That’s what I draw from.”

Adinkra calabash stamps, of the Akan people, Ghana


Asafo flags, of the Fante people, Ghana, 18th century onwards

Bridge, 2002, impromptu installation and performance, Loiza, Puerto Rico

Library Project for Jamaica Flux, 2004, inkjet print, 127 x 66 cm

Buggy, 1997, installation

Women of Substance, 2000, paintings

Olu Oguibe Remembers Chibok, 2017, performance

Olu Oguibe at documenta 14

“Das Fremdlinge und Flüchtlinge Monument” (“Monument for strangers and refugees”), 2017, concrete

Biafra Time Capsule, 2017, documents, archival objects, and mixed media, installation view

Biafra’s Children: A Survivors’ Gathering, 2017

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