ImmaculataPhotographer, Researcher

1. Immaculata, Aba, 2000
2. Immaculata, over the years
3. Discorea bulbifera, Enugu, 2020

Hello, I am Immaculata:
a Nigerian photographer and researcher/writer. I am currently completing a masters in History at the University of Oxford where I am studying localised responses to the global political economy. My primary interests are in material culture (from objects to the built environment), how people make their living, labour and class inequality. All my work is an effort to make beautiful/delightful objects, stories and solutions that meet people’s needs. 

I host RESEARCH LIVES, an IG Live show where I interview Africa-centred early career/student researchers working in the humanities and social sciences. The show explores both the research project and process in order to spread knowledge, inspire people to research, and foster community and the spirit of care among researchers.

As a photographer, I routinely make restful imagery that celebrates community and the natural environment. Besides that, since 2017, I have been working on two long-term documentary photography projects that explore Christianity in South-East Nigeria, and how international students in London find belonging. I run Studio Styles, an exploration of historical and contemporary material culture in Southern Nigeria. Its pilot project is currently documenting the built environment in Enugu.

More generally and most importantly, “I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.”

Recent writing:
For The Photographers’ Gallery, I reviewed Kacey Jeffers’ UNIFORM.
For The Photographer’s Network, I wrote about the manifestation of Nigeria’s economic history in the Sunrise Flour Mill Estate.
I wrote about how my body had kept the score in this personal essay on Popula.

Writing portfolio
Instagram (photography)

Bookstagram (personal blog)

Photography Group Exhibitions:
2018                       Photo Scratch (public review exhibition)
____                        Off the Track festival at Battersea Arts Centre
____                        QM Visual Arts Collective show at Hundred Years Gallery

Photo Publications:
2020                       Sunrise Flour Mill, The Photographer’s Network
2020                       Aunty Uche’s home, Black River journal
2019                        In the Hands of God, Saraba Mag
2018                        Desire, Tabula Rasa magazine Spring issue (Best art submission prize)
2017                        Way of Seeing, Saraba Mag

2020                       Q&A, The #BlkGaze
2017                        Interview, Mary Akinyemi blog

Writing fellowships:
2017                        Writivism Emerging Writers program
2017                        Apples and Snakes Writing Room with Roger Robinson
2018                        Arvon Foundation writers retreat with Malaika Booker and Polar Bear
2020                        SBMEN Creative Writing Workshop
2021                        Tampered Press Workshop with Lesley Nneka Arimah