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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 35 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.


Nnenna Okore

Born in 1975 in Australia, raised mainly in Nsukka, Nigeria. Lives and works in Nigeria and Chicago, USA.

Nnenna Okore has emerged as one of the foremost artists of her generation. Working internationally, her largely abstract works are inspired by the textures, colours and landscapes of her local environment. She relies on the use of everyday found objects, which she repurposes, transforming them into intricate sculptural installations using repetitive and labour-intensive techniques such as weaving, twisting, sewing, dyeing, waxing and rolling. Her works explore the exquisite qualities of detailed surfaces and the surprisingly dramatic exuberance of organic formations.

Okore is Professor in the Art Department at North Park University, Chicago, USA. She earned her honours degree in painting from the University of Nigeria in 1999 and possesses an M.A. and M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Iowa, USA. She has exhibited worldwide and has received several national and international awards, including being the 2012/2013 recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, which resulted in Okore undertaking a year-long project in Nigeria.


Ulukububa - Infinite Flow
Angaza Afrika - African Art Now

Everything Good shall Come to Pass

Beneath the Surface

Aged Newness
Ashioke Series, Variation VII

Never Hurry the Sunrise

Would We Ever know?

Nnenna Okore Biography

2005    M.F.A Sculpture, Universityof Iowa, USA
2004    M.A Sculpture, University of Iowa, USA
1999    B.A Painting, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Selected solo exhibitions
2015   Owu, Arrowhead Gallery, Waubonsee College, Sugar Grove, USA.
Nkata, Krannert Museum of Art, University of Urbana-Champaign, USA.
On the Brink, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, USA.
2014   Twist and Turn, David Krut Gallery, New York
Fiber of Being, Welch School Galleries, Georgia State University, Atlanta USA
Unfound, Beard Art Center Gallery, Indiana Wesleyan University, Indiana, USA.
Will You Walk With Me to the End of the Earth?, Carlson Tower Gallery, North Park
University, Chicago, USA.
2013   Akaraka: What will be, Art Twenty One, Largos Nigerua
2012   Transfiguration, Contemporary African Art Gallery, New York, USA.
2011   Metamorphoses, October Gallery, London, UK.
Torn Apart, David Krut Projects, New York, USA.
On The Edge, Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA.
2010   Life After, Noyes Art Centre, Evanston, IL, USA.
Recovered Energies, Bekris Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Absurd Beauty, Northeastern Illinois University Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA.
Textile, Blachere Foundation Art Center, Apt, France.
2009   Of Earth…Bark and topography, Goethe Institut, Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.
Twisted Ambience, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, USA.
Anyanwu, Carl A. Fields Center Gallery, Princeton University, NJ, USA.
Strings and Patterns, Viberto University Gallery, La Crosse, WI, USA.
Common Thread, Bekris Gallery, CA, USA.
2008   Moonlight Tales, Tall Grass Association, Park Forest, Illinois, USA.
Ulukububa - Infinite Flow, October Gallery, London.
Affrika West, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales.
2007    Sub-consciousness, Adam Hall Gallery, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.
Reflection, Contemporary African Art Gallery, New York City, USA
2006   Trans-figuration, Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, Moraine Valley Community College, Illinois.
Betwixt and Between, Carlson Gallery, North Park University, Chicago.
2005    Paper to Paper, Armature Art Gallery, University of Iowa
2004   Accumulations, Arts Iowa City, Iowa City, IA. Curator: Elise Kendrot, Iowa.
2003    Re-presented, Armature Gallery, University of Iowa.
2002    Beyond the Lines, Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria.
2001    Metaphors, Alternative space, Lagos, Nigeria, Curator: Bisi Silver, London.
Selected group exhibitions
2016   Group show, Sakshi Gallery, Art Dubai, Dubai.
Finding Shelter: An Exhibition of Contemporary Fiber Art, Baum Gallery, University of
Central Arkansas, USA.
2015   Exceptional: Handmade Paper Beyond Substrate, Minnesota Center for Book Art, USA.
Works from Around our State, Evanston Art Center, USA.
Africa Africans, Museu Afro Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Faculty Art Show, Brendel Library Gallery, North Park University, Chicago, USA.
2014   Interwoven Histories, October Gallery, London, UK.
Brides of Anansi: Fiber and Contemporary Art, Spelman Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, USA.
African Origins, Morton Fine Art, Washington DC, USA.
Faculty Art Show, Brandel Library, North Park University, Chicago, USA.
2013   Six Draughtsmen, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Art (MoCADA), New York, USA.
International Biennial of Lin de Portneuf, Quebec, Canada.
No One Belongs Here More Than You, Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria.
Textura, Bekris gallery, San Francisco, USA.
2012   Inside-out/Outside-in, Two person show, Visual Art Center Gallery, Mississippi State University, USA
2011   Environment and Object in Recent African Art, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, New York, USA.
On The Edge, Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA.
Transcending Intergration
, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
As It Is, Mojo Gallery, Dubai, UEA.
Art Dubai, with October Gallery, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE.
2010   Scratch, presented by Sakshi Gallery, Latit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India.
(Re---) Cycles of Paradise, UNCOP16, Cancun, Mexico.
29th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Textile, Blachere Foundation Art Center, Apt, France.
2009   Trace/Memory, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL, USA.
Object of A Revolution, Galerie Dominique Fait, Paris.
Chance Encounters, Sakshi Gallery, India.
Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK.
Paper to Pulp, HC Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, MD, USA.
Trash Menagerie, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, USA.
2008   Trading Spaces, Binghamton University, New York, USA.
Jo'burg Art Fair, (sponsored by October Gallery) Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg, SA.
Refabrication, by Nnenna Okore, Linda Gordon, and Kirstin Demer. Carlson Gallery, North Park University.
Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum of Art and Design, New York City, USA.
Resonance, Tall Grass Association, Park Forest, Illinois, USA.
Channel4 Art Exhibition, Channel4/Art4 Gallery, London, UK
Affrika West,Galeri Artspace, Caernarfon, Wales, UK.
Afganza Africa, October Gallery, London, UK.
2006   African Contemporary Art Exhibition, Dakar Biennale, Senegal.
2005   8th International Open Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL. Juror, Lynne Warren, Curator at MCA
Twelfth SOFA International Exposition, Chicago, USA.
2003   Units, Legion Arts CSPS, Cedar Rapids, IA. Curator: Isabel Barbuzza, Professor of Sculpture, University of Iowa.
Migrations, Legion Arts CSPS, Cedar Rapids, IA. Curator: Mel Andringa, Executive Director, Legion Arts.
2002    New Works, Armature Gallery, University of Iowa. Curator: Thomas Aprile, Professor of Art, University of Iowa.
2001   New Energies, Nimbus Gallery and Mydrim Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria Curator: Prof. El Anatsui, University of Nigeria
Grants / Awards / Residences
2012   Fulbright Scholar Award to Nigeria.
2011   Artist-in-residence/Teaching Fellowship, Skidmore College, New York, USA.
2010   Artist Residency, Jean Paul Blachére Foundation, Apt, France.
Artist-in-residence, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, USA.
2008    North Park University Project Grant..
2007    Residency at Instituto Rural de Arte Hoz del Jucar, Spain.
    Artist Full Fellowship at Global Art Village, Delhi, India.
    Residency at Skowhegan Schoo; of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, USA
    UNESCO - Ashberg Fellowship for Artists, Gruber Jez Foundation, Mexica
2006   Red Gate Residency, Beijing, China.
2005   North Park University Project Grant.
    SFAI Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, NM. 
    Graduate Assistantship, University of Iowa.
2004    Emma McAllister Novel Scholarship, University of Iowa, USA
1999   Valedictorian (Fine Arts), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
1994   First prize, UNIFEM Women’s Art Contest, Lagos, Nigeria. 
1993   First prize, UNICEF African Child’s Day Art Contest, Mbabane, Swaziland.
Selected bibliography
2001    The Real Values Beyond the Tags, by Okechukwu Uwaezuoke, The Comet
    New Energies, rebellion against the old, by Ozolua Uhakheme, The Guardian
    The Metaphors of Today, by Victor Ikwele, National Interest
2002    Plenty Art Shows, lean Patrons, by Chukka Nnabuife, The Guardian
2003    Chasing the Paper Trails with Vision, by Vidya Murthy, Daily Iowan
2005    8th International Open, Exhibition Announcement by Woman Made Gallery
2006   As Dak’art Beckons, by Ugochukwu Uwaerzuoke, This Day
    The Yam is King, by Obi Nwakama, Farafina Magazine, No. 7
2007   Mind Openers-Women Artist in Africa, by Barbara Murray, Farafina Magazine, No 8
    Nnenna Okore NY Exhibition, by Slvester Ogbechie, AACHRONYM, October 31
2008   Using Old Materials to Put a New Face on the Museum, by Roberta Smith, New York Times, September 26, 2008.
    Introduction: Ulukububa-Infinite Flow, by Polly Savage, Exhibition Catalogue, London, Oct 16-Dec 6, 2008,
2009   Ulukububa: Infinite Flow, by Bunmi Akpata-Ohohe, Africa Today, December 3, 2008
    Studio Visit with Nnenna Okore: Art from Discarded and Found Things, by Molara Wood, Next, February 08, 2009.
    Artist to Watch: Nnenna Okore, by Katy Donoghue, Whitewall Magazine, Spring Issue, 2009.
    Art of Africa, by Simon de Burton, The  Financial Times, March 28, 2009.
    African Art At Bonhams by Julian Roup, Bonhams Headlines, March 2009.
    Groundbreaking African Artists In Spotlight At First British Auction Of Contemporary
    Okore, Enwonwu, Onabrakpeya, Anatsui, Kentridge others in London's art auction, by Chuka Nnabuife and Emmanuel Agozino, Nigerian Compass, April 7, 2009.

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