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Karo Akpokiere’s work focuses on fusing experiences and observations gotten from the minutiae of everyday living with his interests in the visual and written aspects of popular culture. His work straddles the line between fine art, graphic design and drawing; it can be political, social, humorous and anything els… Read More
Karo Akpokiere’s work focuses on fusing experiences and observations gotten from the minutiae of everyday living with his interests in the visual and written aspects of popular culture. His work straddles the line between fine art, graphic design and drawing; it can be political, social, humorous and anything else it wants to be.

Akpokiere’s work is marked by the embrace of a spontaneous and where necessary, a research-based approach. His work is an exercise in progress and self-discovery, always changing as new interests and attitudes are formed.

Akpokiere's work has appeared in group exhibitions including the 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo (2017), EX-Afrika, Brasil (2017 -2018), International comic salon, Erlangen (2016), 56th Venice Biennale “All of the Worlds Futures” (2015) Making Africa (2015). Solo exhibitions at the Griffelkunst, Hamburg (2017), Goethe Institut, Lagos (2011).
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Upcoming:

Artica Svalbard residency, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen (Svalbard)

Current:

Ex-Afrika: CCBB Rio de Janeiro – January 31 to April, 2018

Previous:

20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, 2017 - 2018

EX- Africa, CCBB Belo Horizonte 2017

Making Africa, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA… Read More
Upcoming:

Artica Svalbard residency, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen (Svalbard)

Current:

Ex-Afrika: CCBB Rio de Janeiro – January 31 to April, 2018

Previous:

20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, 2017 - 2018

EX- Africa, CCBB Belo Horizonte 2017

Making Africa, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, USA

Studio K, Kunstraum Seilerstraße, Hamburg, 2017

Griffelkunst-Vereinigung Hamburg eV print edition 2017

Headlands Center for the Arts residency, San Francisco

The Atlantic Triangle, Goethe-Institut, Lagos. April 2017

Hotspot Lagos. April 2017

*2017: Flow of Forms/Forms of Flow: Design history between Africa and Europe. February 2 - 12 March.
Kunstraum Munich. Curated by Kerstin Pinther and Alexandra Weigand

World famous 'end of year audit a.k.a personal reflection time' and the prestigious 'get the work(s) done before the new year' time.

2 October 2016 - 15 January 2017: Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design. Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands.

November 3 - 6 2016: Color - in Wall. Interactive drawing project, ArtxLagos, Lagos, Nigeria.

31 August - 8 October 2016: Dear Europa. Whatiftheworld Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

IASPIS (Konstnarsnamnden) artist in residence. Gothenburg, Sweden.

October 18, 2016: Artist Talk. Next City World Stage "Envision 2030" exhibition. United Nations Habitat 3 conference, Quito, Ecuador.

October 17 - 20 2016: Next City World Stage "Envision 2030" exhibition. United Nations Habitat 3 conference, Quito, Ecuador.

October 8 2016: 1- 54 Art Fair FORUM Programme " Why Design Matters".

20 September 2016: "How do you talk about your work when you feel a transition is happening?". Artist talk: Karo Akpokiere, IASPIS artist in residence, Konstepidemin, Gothenburg.

Nominated. Queen Sonja Print Award, Norway.

23 March - 28 August 2016: Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

26 - 29 May, 2016: Comic Salon Erlangen, Germany

Esopus magazine #23. March 2016

3 - 6 March 2016: The Alternate Art Fair. A live drawing installation. The Armory Show, New York.

30 October 2015 - 21 February 2016: Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain.

2015: 2nd Berliner Herbstsalon
Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin
13 - 29, November, 2015

2015: All the World's Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, International Art Exhibition. Curated by Okwui Enwezor.
9 May - 22 November.

2015: Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design
Vitra Design Museum. Weil am Rhein, Germany.
13 May - 13 September.
Guggenheim Bilbao
October 30, 2015 – February 21, 2016


Double Trouble
2014: Kunsthalle M3, Berlin, Germany

Comiczeichner-Seminar Ausstellung
Erlangen, Germany.
June 19 - 22 2014.

Art 14
London, England
28 February- 2nd March 2014.

London Art Fair 2014
London, England
15 January - 19 January 2014.

Another Africa - Contemporary Design in Africa
ULUPUH Gallery, Tkalciceva 14, Zagreb, Croatia
22 May - 1st June 2013.

Art Dubai 2013 (Marker programme)
Madinat Arena, Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Dubai. March 20 - 23 2013

Goethe - Institut Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Art Exhibition (solo) Lagos Mainland - Lagos Island. November - December 2012.

Whitespace Lagos / WheatBaker Hotel Exhibition (group) Lagos, Nigeria. October 2012

Pictoplasma's Missing Link Research Project. (group) La gaite-lyrique, Paris, France. 7-31 December 2011

Fax Exhibition (group)
South London Gallery, London, England
September 21 - November 27 2011

26/365: An exhibition of Illustrated letters (solo)Lagos, Nigeria 10-24 September
2011

Dreaming Hazel Dooney (group) Latrobe Contemporary Art Gallery Morwell, Victoria, Australia 10-24 September 2011

Smart Car Festival England (group)
10th September 2011

African & African- Caribbean Design Diaspora 2011 Festival (group) The Bargehouse, Southbank, London, England. 9-25 September 2011

Illustrated Letters Exhibition (solo)
Monster Times Cafe Copenhagen, Denmark 3 June - 11 June 2011

Smart Car Urban Stage drive-through Art Gallery (group) London Southbank, England. 3 May - 16 May 2011

The Green Summary Exhibition (group) Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos , Nigeria
20 December 2010 - 21 January 2011

7sins International Graphic Design Contest Travelling Exhibition 2010 (group) Santa Cruz de Tenerife 18 - 29 june 2010
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 13 - 26 august 2010
Madrid 12 - 20 of November 2010

The Toe Fluff Show (group)
Swindon, England 30 July - 11 August 2010

1st Annual Creative Careers Fair
City Hall. Lagos, Nigeria 15 - 16 July 2010 Read Less
2015: "Three Periods of Engagement with the Bauhaus" Essay published in the Vitra Design Museum's "Bauhaus: #itsalldesign" exhibition catalogue.

2015: Protocullum #2

2015: Contemporary And Print #4.

2013: Ijusi Magazine #28 Tattoo Issue

2012: Logo Design 3. Zeixs/Feirabend publishing
2012: Fuji Printing Co. … Read More
2015: "Three Periods of Engagement with the Bauhaus" Essay published in the Vitra Design Museum's "Bauhaus: #itsalldesign" exhibition catalogue.

2015: Protocullum #2

2015: Contemporary And Print #4.

2013: Ijusi Magazine #28 Tattoo Issue

2012: Logo Design 3. Zeixs/Feirabend publishing
2012: Fuji Printing Co. Ltd Japan House Calendar

2011: New Typography 2. Zeixs/Feirabend publishing
2011: London Life , Lagos Living by Bobo Omotayo
2011: Ijusi Magazine South Africa #26: Afrika Typografika issue.
2011: The Publisher Club Collaborative Zine #1
2011: The Tote Bag Book by Jitesh Patel. Laurence King Publishing.
2011: Shift Japan 2011 Calendar.

2010: Center for Contemporary, Lagos Art Newsletter #10: Art, Fashion and
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