TEMITAYO OGUNBIYI

temitayo ogunbiyi 31 project

Born in Rochester, USA in 1984.

She lives and works between Lagos in Nigeria, the United States and Jamaica.

As a visual artist, Temitayo Ogunbiyi works with a variety of media, exploring their possibilities and variations through installation, sculpture, collage and drawing.


Living between two continents, the essential thing for her is to produce a work that is always connected to the space in which it is created. Her work questions the exhibition space by highlighting the relationships and ways of communication that are created between the object and its surroundings.

Since 2016, she has focused her practice on drawing, taking an interest in mixing forms and inventing unexpected fusions between Nigerian hairstyles and geometric lines with botanical elements inspired by ancient natural history plates. Through the precision of the line and the organic development of the forms, she questions her plural heritage and diasporic culture. With an intimist drawing mixing ethnological and botanical references, the artist tries to find a path in a fragile balance between her personal story and the movements in History at large.


Trained at Princeton and Columbia University, Temitayo Ogunbiyi participated in the 2012 group show entitled The Progress of Love at the Pulitzer Art Foundation in St. Louis and with the Center for Contemporary Art in Lagos. She has also collaborated with Tiwani Contemporary Gallery in London in 2016, Medium Tings Gallery in Brooklyn in 2017, Gallery of Small Things in Dakar in 2018 and for the exhibition Women on Aeroplanes at TOR Art Space in Frankfurt. She has exhibited in 2015 at the Jogjia Biennale in Indonesia, Dakar OFF Biennale in 2014, 10th Berlin Biennale in 2018 and 2nd Lagos Biennale in 2019. In 2018, she is a recipient of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.

She has been collaborating with the 31 PROJECT since 2020. In the same year, the Madre Museum in Naples commissioned her to create the site-specific installation You will play in the every day and the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris has included several of her drawings in its collections. 

 
 
 

CURRICULUM VITAE

SOLO SHOWS

2020

You will play in the everyday, running (curatée par Kathryn Weir), Museo Madre, Naples – Italy

Capillarité, 31 PROJECT, Paris - France

 

2018

You will find peace and play among palm trees, Freedom Park Playground, Lagos – Nigeria

 

2017

Nothing in Nature is Private, Medium Tings Gallery, New York City – USA

 

2014

A Nightmare’s Daydreams, Kongi’s Harvest Gallery, Freedom Park,

Lagos – Nigeria

 

2013

Of Kinks, Community, and the Next Repetition, ‘a whitespace’, Lagos – Nigeria

 

2012

‘WW’ Independence Series, Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos – Nigeria

My Lagos in Fragments, Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos – Nigeria

And We Crossed the Atlantic Together, Eko Hotel, Lagos – Nigeria

Possibilities of the Past’s Progress, Freedom Park, Lagos – Nigeria

 Am I a Thief, Freies Museum, Berlin – Allemagne / Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm – Russia

 

2011

New Paintings, The Board Room, Lagos – Nigeria

 

2010

Broken Weaves, TerraKulture Gallery, Lagos – Nigeria

branded:topographic keloids of a feather, Black Ink Gallery, New York – USA

 

2009

Mom Calls ‘Em Chinee Bumps, Tamboril Gallery, Brooklyn, New York – USA

 

2006

Extended Extensions, Lucas Gallery, Princeton University, New Jersey – USA

 

GROUP SHOWS

2021

ART-O-RAMA, 31 PROJECT, Marseille – France

1-54, 31 PROJECT, London - UK

Imaginaires émancipés, AKAA, 31 PROJECT, Lyon - France

2020

Galeristes, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, 31 PROJECT, Cape Town – South Africa

Art Paris Art Fair, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

 

2019

2nd Lagos Biennial, Lagos – Nigeria

Women on Aeroplanes, TOR Art Space, Francfort – Germany

 

2018

Strange Attractors (curatorial publication created on the occasion of the 10th Berlin Biennale), Berlin Biennale 10, Berlin – Germany

Talisman in the Age of Difference (curated by Yinka Shonibare), Stephen Friedman Gallery, London – UK

Gallery of Small Things (curated by Bisi Silva), Dakar – Senegal

Women on Aeroplanes, Lagos Edition, Centre for Contemporary Art,

Lagos – Nigeria

 

2017

Gallery of Small Things (commissariat d'exposition : Bisi Silva), Federal Palace, Lagos – Nigeria

The Summer Show, TAFETA Gallery, London – UK

1:54 New York, TAFETA Gallery – USA

 

2016

The Pineapple Show, Tiwani Contemporary Gallery, London – UK

 

2015

Biennale Jogja XIII: Hacking Conflict—Indonesia Meets Nigeria,

Jogja – Indonesia

 

2014

Dak’art OFF!, Galerie Attis, Dakar – Senegal

DACHWOOD UND ZEICHNUNG, Marthashof Strasse, Berlin – Germany

 

2013

Nigeria Now, Ake Book and Arts Festival - The Shadow of Memory,

Abeokuta – Nigeria

Six Draughtsmen, Museum for Contemporary Diasporan Art,

New York City – USA

The Progress of Love, The Pulitzer Art Foundation, St. Louis - USA and Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos – Nigeria

 

2012

‘WW’ Independence Series, Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos – Nigeria

The Progress of Love, The Pulitzer Art Foundation, St. Louis, USA /Center for Contemporary Art Lagos – Nigeria / Keunstlerhaus Bethanien,

Berlin – Germany

Nigeria House, Theater Royale, London – UK

 

2011

Documenting Changes in our Nation, Civic Centre, Lagos – Nigeria

All We Ever Wanted, CCA Lagos – Nigeria

A kilo of Hope, Yusuf Grillo Gallery, Lagos – Nigeria

The Critiques, Third Streaming, New York – USA

Poznan Biennale, Poznan – Poland

An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, Mass MoCA/Cabinet , North Adams – USA

 

2010    

Boomerang Biennale for works on paper and video, Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm – Russia

Ready, Set, Create, NARS Gallery, Brooklyn, New York – USA

Fields of Play ( commissariat d'exposition : Anastasia Stein), Crazycurators’ Biennale, Bratislava – Slovakia

Do it Yourself (curated by : Derrick Adams), The Dash Gallery,

New York – USA

Durfen wir bitten, Berlin Art Projects, Berlin – Germany

40, Kaufbar, Berlin – Germany

Life After Death: A Multi-Media Analysis of the Persona that Was/Is Fela Anikulapo Kuti (curated by : Shantrelle Lewis), Caribbean Cultural Center , New York – USA

heed the machine, illustrious, Williamsburg, New York – USA

Art Show on “The Street”, Clark Muñoz Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey – USA

 

2006

Social Pattern, Mathey College, Princeton University, New Jersey – USA

Emerging Talent, Merrill Lynch, Pennington, New Jersey New Jersey – USA

 

2005

Yale/Norfolk – USA

 

RESIDENCIES

2018

Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship , Washington – USA

2011

Wasanii/Triangle Arts International Artist Workshop, Kuona Trust,

Nairobi – Kenya

A kilo of Hope, Isolo Dumping Ground, Lagos – Nigeria

Omo Oba Yemisi Shyllon Art Foundation/UniLag,

Art and Entrepeneurship – Nigeria

 

AWARDS

2014

Ford Foundation, The Global Travel and Learning Fund, Grantee

2011

Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant for Public Exhibition

2006

Princeton University, 2006: Herbert L. Lucas Scholarship, African-American Studies Research Grant

2006

Ruth J. Simmons Thesis Prize in African-American Studies

2005

Princeton University, Lucas Fellowship Grant, Fred Fox Fund Grant, Lucas Grant, African-American Studies Research Grant

 

EDUCATION

2011

Columbia University, MA in Modern and Contemporary Art/Curatorial Studies and Critical Art Theory

2006

Princeton University, magna cum laude, A.B.

2005

Yale School of Art, Norfolk Summer Residency Program

WITH 31 PROJECT

PUBLICATION

2020

Capillarité

EXHIBITIONS

2020

SMALL, group show

Capillarité, solo show

ARTFAIRS

2021

ART-O-RAMA, 31 PROJECT, Marseille – France

1-54, 31 PROJECT, London - UK

Imaginaires émancipés, AKAA, 31 PROJECT, Lyon - France

2020

Galeristes, Paris

Art Paris Art Fair, Paris

Cape Town Art Fair, Le Cap