Modupeola Fadugba

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Modupeola Fadugba

Gold Kicks

2018

Acrylic, gold leaf, pencil, ink on burned paper

 

Modupeola Fadugba (born 1985 in Lomé, Togo) is a multimedia artist working in painting, drawing, and socially-engaged installation. Her works explore cultural identity, social justice, game theory, and the art world within the socio-political landscape of Nigeria and our greater global economy. The People's Algorithm – a game installation that fosters debate about how to improve Nigeria's education system – was awarded El Anatsui's Outstanding Production Prize and a 2016 Dakar Biennale Grand Prize from Senegal's Minister of Communication. Her most recent exhibition, Dreams from the Deep End, depicts swimmers exploring collaborative ways of being in the water together, set against the bleak backdrop of America's racialised – and oftentimes tragic – swimming history.

Selected solo exhibitions include: Dreams from the Deep End, Gallery 1957, Accra (2018); Prayers, Players & Swimmers, Cité des Arts, Paris (2017); Synchronised Swimming & Drowning, London (2017); and Like Play, Like Play, Dakar (2016). Selected group exhibitions include Summer Exhibition 2017, Royal Academy, London (2017); Afriques Capitales, Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille (2017); Dak’Art, Dakar (2016); The Art Energy, London (2015); and Design is the Personality of an Idea, Ford Foundation & African Artists Foundation, Lagos (2015). Her work is included in international collections such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Fadugba holds a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware, a Masters in Economics from the University of Delaware, and a Masters in Education from Harvard University. She currently lives and works in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Born 1985, Lomé, Togo

Lives and works in Abuja, Nigeria

Solo exhibitions

2018

  • Dreams From The Deep End, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana
  • Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE

2017

  • Heads Up, Keep Swimming, SMO Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Prayers, Players and Swimmers, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
  • Synchronised Swimming and Drowning, Ed Cross Fine Art, London, UK

2016

  • Like Play, Like Play, Dakar, Senegal

Group exhibitions

2019

  • Schomburg Centre, Harlem, New York, US

2018

  • 1-54, Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK

2017

  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Burlington House, London, UK
  • AfriqueCapitales: Cape of Good Hope Here We Come, Lille, France
  • SS17, Cape Town, South Africa
  • ART X Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
  • 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York

2016

  • 1-54, Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK
  • The People’s Algorithm 2.0, Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal

2015

  • Design is the Personality of an Idea, Exhibition by the African Artists’ Foundation, Nigeria
  • Art/Energy, Red Door, London, UK

Collections

  • Smithsonian Institute of African Art
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Trioche Collection
  • SindikaDokolo Foundation

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