Photo: Chika Okeke-Agulu


Okeke-Agulu is a professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art and Archaeology and Director of Graduate Studies at Princeton University. He serves on the advisory boards of the Hyundai Tate Research Centre, Tate Modern, London and the Center for the Study of Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. He is also on the executive board of Princeton in Africa and the editorial board of African Studies Review. He is co-editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art and maintains the blog Ọfọdunka.

With Okwui Enwezor, he recently organised the travelling survey El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2019). Okeke-Agulu has co-organised numerous other art exhibitions, including Who Knows Tomorrow, Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2010); 5th Gwangju Biennale (2004); The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2001); Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1995) and the Nigerian section, 1st Johannesburg Biennale (1995).

Among his publications are Obiora Udechukwu: Line, Image, Text (Skira, 2016), Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth-Century Nigeria (Duke, 2015) and Contemporary African Art Since 1980 (Damiani, 2010) with Okwui Enwezor.

Okeke-Agulu has received a number of awards, including Honourable Mention, Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award, Arts Council of African Studies Association (2017); Melville J. Herskovits Prize, African Studies Association (2016) and Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism, College Art Association (2016).

Born in Umuahia, Nigeria, Okeke-Agulu lives and works in Princeton, US.

SAF participation:
Sharjah Biennial 15

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