ImmaculataPortrait and Documentary Photographer


With my photography, I am paying and calling attention to the dignity, complexity and history that enable us to imagine more beauty, care and abundance in our lives. I run a curatorial project on rest and pleasure on this Instagram page.


My past documentary projects have ranged from exploring how international students find belonging in London, to probing into the different expressions of Christianity in South-East Nigeria. And in telling stories about society, my work also seeks to address material culture (from everyday objects to our built environment) as an agent and palimpsest in our socio-political and economic lives. My documentary project 'Dusty Hill Drive' explores the built environment in South-East Nigeria and part of it was published in 2021 as a zine by Another Place Press (see below). I am a 2021-2022 artist grantee under the 'Creating Black Joy' project, sponsored by Antipode Foundation.

I am based between Abuja and Enugu, and I am available for local and international documentary and editorial assignments.



You can order my first ever hard-copy title here:  ‘Sunrise Flour Mill’, published by Another Place Press.
It makes a Nigerian metaphor out of the flour mill which went defunct after only two years of production and now lives as an echo of its potential.



Awards and Grants:
2021                         Artist grant, under the ‘Creating Joy: Art, Refusal and the Worlding of Black Lives’ project
2021                         Special Mention, Inaugural Self-portrait competition, HOME Creative Space



Photo Publications:
2022                       Black Women Photographers on what IWD means to them, The Guardian (print)
2022                       Still in Enugu, LOLWE
2022                       Ekpere Ji Ji: Traces of Delight in 1990s South-East Nigerian Architecture, GIDA Journal (print)
2022                       International Students in London, in ‘In Real Life’ by The Photographer’s Gallery (print) 
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


Workshops and Portfolio Review:
2021                        Nlele Institute Portfolio Review: Preparing for the Exposure
2018                        Photo Scratch
2017                        Digital Photography Summer school, London College of Communication (UAL)


Group Exhibitions:
2021                       The Wrong Biennale (curated by olakiitan adeola, ftbc)
2018                       Off the Track festival at Battersea Arts Centre
2018                       QM Visual Arts Collective show at Hundred Years Gallery
 

Press

Interviews:
2020                       Q&A, The #BlkGaze
2017                        Interview, Mary Akinyemi's blog


Photography/Art Writing:
2021                         Review of Kacey Jeffers’ UNIFORM, The Photographer’s Gallery
2018                         Review of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, Zeke Magazine (Atavist) 
2017                         Lubee Abubakar is taking the art world by storm, Okay Africa
2016                         Review of Rama Thiaw’s The Revolution Won’t be Televised, What’s On Africa
2016                         Review of Njideka Akunyili-Crosby’s exhibition ‘Portals’, What’s On Africa



Proud member of:
Indigenous Photograph collective
Black Women Photographers


 

Link to Instagram