April 3, 2023

Alum Abraham Oghobase joins MoMA’s distinguished Forum on Contemporary Photography

AMPD alum Abraham Oghobase (MFA 2022) joins The Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) distinguished Forum on Contemporary Photography, Decentering the Document, in New York City on April 19, 2023. Oghobase will speak and exhibit works alongside six other artists united by their critical use of photographic forms and their ties to the artistic scene in the port city of Lagos (Èkó), Nigeria.

Founded in 2010 as an experimental platform for free-form critical discussions, MoMA’s Forums on Contemporary Photography have encouraged debate about the perspectives and scope of still and moving images and other forms of picture-making among artists, curators, and theorists in the field. The Forums offer an inclusive culture that values the reassessment of canonical ideas, the diversity of creative practices, and complex and competing visions of modern and contemporary art.

The upcoming session is organized on the occasion of the forthcoming exhibition New Photography 2023, which will feature the work of Kelani Abass, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Yagazie Emezi, Amanda Iheme, Abraham Oghobase, Karl Ohiri, and Logo Oluwamuyiwa.

For this convening, co-hosts Roxana Marcoci, The David Dechman Senior Curator and Acting Chief Curator of Photography, and Oluremi C. Onabanjo, Associate Curator, The Robert B. Menschel Department of Photography will be joined by a group of distinguished speakers:

Babajide Adeniyi-Jones, photographer
Akinbode Akinbiyi, photographer
Omar Berrada, writer, curator, and Director, Dar al-Ma’mûn, Marrakech
Antawan I. Byrd, Weinberg Fellow, Northwestern University
Sandrine Colard, Curator at Large, KANAL-Centre Pompidou, and Assistant Professor of Art History, Rutgers University-Newark
Momtaza Mehri, poet and essayist
Renée Mussai, Artistic Director and Chief Curator, The Walther Collection
Olu Oguibe, artist, theorist, and curator
Janaína Oliveira, Professor, Federal Institute of Rio de Janeiro
Rasha Salti, independent film and visual-arts curator and writer
Zoé Samudzi, Assistant Professor, Rhode Island School of Design
Leslie M. Wilson, Associate Director, Academic Engagement and Research, The Art Institute of Chicago

The panel will be streamed free online. For more information, visit MoMA.ca.