02. Artists

George Osodi

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b. 1974 in Lagos (Nigeria), where he lives and works

The oil industry and African oligarchies: tackling the realities of life in the Niger delta head-on, George Osodi’s images address oil exploration and oil wealth in terms of their consequences for both the beneficiaries and the victims. George Osodi is a visual artist and photojournalist whose pictures have appeared in the New York Times and the Guardian.

His work has been shown at Documenta (Kassel), the Photographers’ Gallery (London), the Museu di Cidade (Lisbon) and HMKV (Dortmund).

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Works


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"Oil Rich Niger Delta" and "Kings of Nigeria",

George Osodi produces images which tackle the realities of life in the Niger Delta. They address oil exploration and oil wealth in terms of the consequences for both the beneficiaries and the victims. His series Oil Rich Niger Delta consists of two hundred photos showing the damage to the river’s ecosystem, the consequences of pollution that the local population now has to tackle, and the use of local workers by the multinationals. George Osodi notes that “the beginning of the oil trade marked the beginning of a visual drama” which engenders poverty, corruption and violence. For the Biennale, therefore, he was keen to include some of the one hundred portraits from his series Kings of Nigeria. This project is intended to show Nigeria’s history and cultural complexity; it refers to the way the north and south of the country were grouped together a hundred years ago and insists that harmony can exist in a country often torn apart by ethnic and religious conflict and the traumas inflicted by Boko Haram.

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George Osodi 5 photos
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George Osodi
"Oil Rich Niger Delta" and "Kings of Nigeria" -
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George Osodi
Ogoni Boy - 2007
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George Osodi
HRM Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Ooni of Ife - 2012
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George Osodi
HRM Benjamin Ikenchuku Keaborekuzi 1, Dein of Agbor - 2012
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George Osodi
HRM Agbogidi Obi James Ikechukwu Anyasi ll, Obi of Idumuje Unor - 2012
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