Emeka Udemba Nigerian, b. 1968

Emeka Udemba 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. His 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 Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil and the 13th Dak'art Biennale, Senegal in 2018, Osmosis Festival, Taipei, Taiwan (2017), Mediations Biennale, Poland (2016) and at the Jogja Biennale, Indonesia (2015). He has exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin , Haus der Kunst in Munich, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels. He was awarded the Ambassador of France Award, at the Dakar Biennale, Senegal in 2002. 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 Bozano, Italy, 2007.