Emeka Udemba 1 ModifierEmeka Udemba
Born in 1968 in Enugu, Nigeria
Works and lives in Freiburg, Germany

Emeka Udemba is graduated with a degree in art from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1991, and runs a vibrant art studio in Freiburg, Germany. Through his painting, photography, video, installations and performances, Udemba explores the intersection of images and structures as a means of gaining deeper insight into how identity and culture affect our sense of collective consciousness.

Udemba’s works investigate imaginary worlds and rethink the boundaries of the archetypal. Udemba has exhibited in Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Italy, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, Indonesia and Taiwan. His works have been celebrated internationally, including at the 11th Mercosu Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil and the 13th Dak’Art Biennale Senegal (2018), Osmosis Festival, Taipei, Taiwan (2017), Mediations Biennale, Poland (2016) and at the Jogha Biennale, Indones. Udemba has curated important international art projects and received Special Mention for the Best Art Practices Award for young curators, for the project Lagos Open, in Bolzano, Italy (2007).

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“Often people of color like me who live outside of our native countries are always confronted with questions of legibility, illegibility and stereotypes. As migrants we are thrust into the position of the alien, ‘the other’. My works reflect on the construction of subjectivity of ‘the other’ and how this is influenced by information around us. They embody my ongoing exploration with painting, photography, performance, video and installation to address issues of my own identity and a sense of place in the world. While moving between realities, my works explore the theme ‘identity’ in an expansive form to interrogate issues of geographical, cultural and social belonging.
Through my paintings, I channel the vibrancy of hybrid cultures and relativity through snippets of published media worked randomly into compositions that reference layers of meanings, race, gender, history, memory, time and beauty.
They are like calculated accidents, interacting between colors, transparencies, words and textures which outcomes are sometimes better or worse than I foresee. In these works a sense of dislocation, adaptation, possibilities and manipulation of information come through.”
Relying on appropriated form, published materials such as newspapers, books and photographs; Emeka Udemba explores visual representation and subjectivity in relation to history and personal narrative. He addresses the way information is filtered through the mechanisms that define the construction and representation of identity. His paintings vibrate with layers of information and movement, allowing planned structures and chance encounters to come together into an unapologetically beautiful critical art.

Solo Shows

2000 Galerie Hilt, Basel, Switzerland
2003 Goethe Institut Lagos, Nigeria
2005 Förderkreis zeitgenossischer Kunst, Euskirchen, Germany

2006 In den Raum gestellt, Künsthaus L6, Freiburg, Germany
2008 “Kings”, Galerie Erata, Leipzig, Germany
2011 “Closed space” Neukölln-Berlin/ Hillbrow-Johannesburg, GoetheonMain, Johannesburg and Kunsthaus I6 Freiburg, Germany
2015 “Tools of conflict” Art house, Lagos, Nigeria
2016 `”Telling stories” Galerie im AltenWiehrebahnhof, Freiburg, Germany, Seeing and Being
seen, Galerie Menzel, Kenzingen, Germany
2019 “A Question of Being” Temple
2020 “Aliens”, OOA Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

Group shows

Heimat Kunst, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Project Queich, Landau, Germany
Expo 2000, Hannover, Germany
Kunsthalle Gundlingen, Basel, Switzerland

Kunsthalle Gundlingen, Stuttgart, Germany
Utopias and Realites, Osorio, Spain

National Museum Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria
Dakar Biennale, Senegal
Arts, Electronica, Linz, Austria

Video Recycling Festival, Berlin, Germany
Visa, ifa Galerie Bonn, Germany
Ifa Galerie Stuttgart, Germany
L`Europa fantome, Brüssels, Belgium
Africa for Africa, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Galerie Barnoud, Dijon, France
Photo Biennale, Bamako, Mali
Havana Biennale, Cuba

Espacio C, Camago, Spain
Kornhaus Forum, Bern, Switzerland
Rendezvous, Cite des arts, Paris, France
Photography, national de Nantes, France
World meeting of artists and intellectuals, Caracas, Venezuela

Über Schönheit, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Galerie im Wiehrebanhof, Freiburg, Germany
4 Photographers, niavaran cultural centre, Teheran, Iran
Final cut, Palais de Tokyo Paris, France
Instituto Nazional per la Grafica, Rome, Italy
Lagos Open, Lagos, Nigeria

3 contemporary video artists from Africa, Athens, Greece
Here and There, La casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Cite International des Arts, Paris, France
Musee des Arts derniers Paris, France
Espacio C Camago, Spain
iaab choices, Kunst Raum Riehen\Basel, Switzerland
Black Paris, Iwalewa-haus, Bayreuth, Germany
Out of Africa, Cite des arts, Paris, France

Museum of world cultures Frankfurt (Black Paris), Germany
Welde Photo kunnstpreis Heidelberg, Germany
Alphabetical, Gallery Barnoud, Dijon, France
Africa 3x3 plural, Casa Africa Las Palmas, Spain
Regional 8, Kulture Fabrik, Hegenheim, Switzerland
Paris black, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium

“Off limit”, Dakar biennale (off), Senegal
“Suburbia”, Galerie im Tor Emmendingen, Germany
„Real Spaces“Villa Merkel/Bahnwärterhaus Esslingen, Germany
Slick art fair Paris, France
„Lagos“Ewerk, Freiburg, Germany
„Waiting for Ypudu“, Galerie Barnoud, Dijon, France

“Signs” 14-1 Gallery, Germany
Urban Scenography project, Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg art fair, South Africa

FESMA, Dakar, Senegal
“Walking the city” Drillhall , Johannesburg, South Africa
“Exchanging space”, Project Space, Badore, Lagos
ARTension, Savvy Berlin, Germany

“7 Days”, video project, Berlin, Germany
“Wide Angle” project, Goethe Institut Johannesburg, South Africa
Retour Paris, Institut français de Stuttgart, Germany
Small is beautiful, Galerie Barnoud, Dijon, France

Black Europe body politics, Ballhaus, Berlin, Germany
Emergency Exit, Bag factory, Johannesburg, South Africa
Black Germany, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Lagos live Festival, Nigeria

Habitus, Galerie Barnoud Dijon, France
Wahala, Entrepo 9, Dijon, France, Savvy contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Project ‘Ajegunle Invitation’, Lagos, Nigeria
‘Ein Haus für Junkman’ , Ewerk, Freiburg, Germany

'Witness' MMMoCA Lagos, Nigeria
Franfurt Bookmesse, Franfurt, Germany
Afropean mimicry and mockery, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, Germany
Galerie Barnoud, Dijon, France

'Transmission' Project space Lagos. Nigeria
Jogja Biennale

Vidoenale, CCA Lagos, Goethe Institut Lagos, Nigeria
MMMoCA Road project, Lagos-Dakar Senegal
Ostrale’016, Dresden, Germany
Mediations Biennale, Poland
Urban Touch, Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, Germany

`Hotspots project` Goethe Institut Lagos, Nigeria
`Hotspots project` Saracura Art Space, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
`Vanishing voices project` Goethe Institut, Lagos, Nigeria
`Wanderlust`, SMO Contemporary art, Lagos, Nigeria
Osmosis festival, Taipei, Taiwan

‘Looking for change’. Kunstverine KISS in Schloss Untergroeningen, Germany
11th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil
13th Dak’art biennale, Senegal
‘Rustling Hope’ MMOCA Lagos, Nigeria

„Shop“ Kunsthaus L6 Freiburg, Germany

Available artworks


. Emeka Udemba - Companion nº 5 - 2019 - 149cm H x 120cm W - Mixed media on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Emeka Udemba - Maverick nº 1 - 2019 - 200cm H x 130cm W - Mixed media on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Emeka Udemba - Translation nº 2 - 2019 - 120cm H x 140cm W - Mixed media on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Emeka Udemba - Ange - 2020 - 200cm H x 130cm W - Mixed media on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Emeka Udemba - Interpritation nº 16 - 2020 - 152cm H x 106cm W - Mixed media on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Emeka Udemba - Interpritation nº 16 - 2020 - 152cm H x 106cm W - Mixed media on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Emeka Udemba - Ange - 2020 - 200cm H x 130cm W - Mixed media on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Emeka Udemba - Translation nº 2 - 2019 - 120cm H x 140cm W - Mixed media on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Emeka Udemba - Maverick nº 1 - 2019 - 200cm H x 130cm W - Mixed media on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Emeka Udemba - Companion nº 5 - 2019 - 149cm H x 120cm W - Mixed media on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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