Abraham Onoriode Oghobase (b. 1979 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a visual artist living and

 working in Toronto, Canada. In his photography-based practice, he engages with

 issues around knowledge production, land, colonial history and representation by

 deconstructing traditional modes of making, and by experimenting with the narrative

 and material potential of images and objects. Oghobase’s work has been exhibited

 widely, including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Gallery of Ontario,

 Toronto; the Polygon Gallery, Vancouver; Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg; Pace

 Gallery, London, KADIST, Paris; and Art Twenty One, Lagos. His work is held in the

 permanent collections of institutions including MoMA; Art Institute of Chicago;

 Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina; and Museum of Contemporary Art,

 Kiasma, Helsinki. Oghobase holds an MFA in Visual Arts from York University,



Full CV available upon request


2022 MFA in Visual Arts, York University; Toronto, Canada


2022 Resonant Frequencies Beyond the Visible, Between the Lines (MFA thesis exhibition); Gales Gallery, York University; Toronto, Canada

2021 Land/min(e)dscapesJohn and June Allcott Gallery, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, USA

2018 Layers of Time and Place: What Lies Beneath; Art Twenty One; Lagos, Nigeria

2018 No Matter Who You Are; Angels and Muse; Lagos, Nigeria

2016 Forming Place; Boys’ Quarters Project Space; Port Harcourt, Nigeria


2022 Living with Ghosts; Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University; New York, USA and Pace Gallery; London, UK

2021 Diaspora at Home; KADIST, Paris and Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos; Paris, France

2019/20 Silex: de face et de profil in Layers; Labanque centre de production et diffusion en arts visuels; Béthune, France

2019 Streams of Consciousness; 12th Rencontres de Bamako African Biennial of Photography; Bamako, Mali

2019 The Break, The Wake, The Hold, The Breath; Circuit Gallery; Toronto, Canada

2017 The Conundrum of Imagination: On the Paradigm of Exploration and Discovery; Leopold Museum; Vienna, Austria

2014 Prix Pictet. The Global Award in Photography and Sustainability: Consumption; Victoria and Albert Museum; London, UK

2012 We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today; Manchester Art Gallery; Manchester, UK

2011 ARS 11: Africa through the Eyes of Contemporary Art; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art; Helsinki, Finland


2020/21  Recipient, Susan Crocker and John Hunkin Award in Fine Arts, York University

2020/21 Recipient, Graduate Fellowship, York University

2019 Recipient, Okwui Enwezor Prize (inaugural edition); 12th Rencontres de Bamako African Biennial of Photography; “In recognition of an artistic practice engaged in the philosophy and concept of reimaging and contributing to international artistic expression”.

2019 Recipient, Toronto Arts Council Newcomer Artist Mentorship Grant

2014 Finalist, Prix Pictet Global Award in Photography and Sustainability, 5th edition (“Consumption”)


2020 KADIST; Paris, France

2019 The Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago, Illinois, USA

2013 Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill; North Carolina, USA

2013 Danjuma Collection; Surrey, UK

2011 Museum of Contemporary Art (Kiasma); Helsinki, Finland

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