A Sum of Encounters is yearlong web publication developed with support from the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program, with a focus on the lives of Nigerian artists—I’ve written about Nengi Omuku, Abraham Oghobase, Qudus Onikeku, Rahima Gambo, Victor Ehikhamenor, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Sokari Ekine, Okwui Okpokwasili. Subscribe to my mailing list for updates.
- “To the Follower of Cheikh Bamba Whom I Met in Dakar.” Off Assignment.
- “‘Gone Like a Meteor’: Epitaph for the Lost Youth of the Biafran War.” New York Review of Books Daily.
- “Beyond the Sea.” Art in America.
- “What Would Tutuola Do?” On Amos Tutuola. Tate Papers.
- “How to Be an African Travel Writer in Africa?” LitHub.
- “Letters to Lina Iris Viktor.” BOMB.
- “Photographer of Bonny.” Art in America.
- “The Colonizer’s Archive is a Crooked Finger.” Catapult.
- “Anatomy of a Crowd.” British Journal of Photography (on Lorenzo Vitturi’s photo-book, Money Must Be Made, to which I contributed a glossary.)
- “The Work of Time.” BOMB.
- “The Spiritual Photographs Khadija Saye Left Behind.” Hyperallergic.
- “Making Time.” Catalogue essay, Nigerian pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017.
- “The Sum of Encounters.” Carnegie Int’l, 57th ed., 2018.
- “My Life as a Wave.” Open Space, guest-edited by ARTS.BLACK.
- “Fiction/Non Fiction: ‘Recent Histories’ Presents Documentary-Based Photography from Africa.” ARTNews.
- “Here Comes the Stranger.” On The Stranger’s Notebook by Dawit L. Petros at the Kansas City Art Institute.
- “The Promise of Mutability.” Brooklyn Rail.
- “In Multiple Dimensions: On Photography from Africa and the African Diaspora, in New York.” ARTNews
- “The Self-Portraits of Samuel Fosso,” “Shifting States,” & “The Wealth of Nations.” Guernica.
- Tribute essays to Malick Sidibé: “Meeting Malick,” in Contemporary And and “Malick Sidibé, Always” in Okayafrica.
- “Ingrid Winterbach’s The Elusive Moth” in Music & Literature
- “Notes on Double Negative by Ivan Vladislavić,“ “Sentences for Carrie Mea Weems, “Glancing Subjects,” “In the Interests of the Future of Photography,” & “An Imagination of Terror” (translated into Swedish in SvD Kultur.) Africanah.
- The short reflective essays I wrote for Invisible Borders in 2014 and 2016 while traveling across African countries can be found on the Invisible Borders website. Also, “Trans-Wander,” (2013) an essay on travel and imagined romance. (In Another Africa, a review of the essay by Moses Serubiri.)
- As writer-in-residence for Platform 2015: Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets, I wrote weekly essays on the workshops, performances, and dance events.
- Essays on historical and contemporary photographs from, in, and around Nigeria, in The Trans-African. (2016)
- Until 2015, I kept a blog on this site.
INTERVIEWS & CONVERSATIONS
- “A Place is Illumined in and by Absence.” In conversation with Kọlá Túbọ̀sún. Brittle Paper.
- “Being a Writer.” In conversation with Wana Udobang. The Sole Adventurer.
- “The ways movement can and cannot heal.” An interview with Caitlin L. Chandler, in Africa is a Country.
- In conversation with Lidudumalingani on A Stranger’s Pose, in Johannesburg Review of Books.
- Interview on Literandra, on A Stranger’s Pose.
- “The Man and the Writer.” Interview by Franklin Ugobude in The Guardian, Nigeria.
An interview in The Cable (Nigeria) on A Stranger’s Pose.
- A profile of my work with Saraba by Anakwa Dwamena in Africa is a Country.
- “Can African Critics Rewrite the Story of African Photography?” A conversation with M. Neelika Jayawardane on photography criticism, for the Aperture blog / Contemporary And.
- On The Trans-African: With Jennifer Krasinski for Degree Critical, and An Paenhuysen for Contemporary&
- A conversation with Moses Serubiri and Ndinda Kioko on writing for The Trans-African
- With Yinka Elujoba in World Literature Today following the release of The Sound of Things to Come
- A conversation with Adebiyi Olusolape in Enkare Review following the release of The Sound of Things to Come
- A conversation with Tolu Daniel in Afridiaspora following the release of The Sound of Things to Come
- Clifton Gachagua, in Wasafiri
- Rotimi Babatunde, in Wasafiri
- Maaza Mengiste, in Wasafiri
- Shailja Patel, in Wasafiri, and translated into Italian
- Yvonne Owuor, in Saraba
- Eric Gottesman, in Africa is a Country
- François-Xavier Gbré (with Brendan Wattenberg), in Another Africa
- Namsa Leuba, in the Aperture blog
- Nengi Omuku, in Degree Critical
- Andrew Esiebo, in Okayafrica
- Abraham Oghobase in Degree Critical
- Kelani Abass in Degree Critical
- Emeka Okereke, in New African Magazine.
- Akinbode Akinbiyi, in Chimurenga
- Launch of A Stranger’s Pose at MFA Art Writing graduate program, School of Visual Arts, New York.
- In conversation with Teju Cole, MFA Art Writing graduate program, School of Visual Arts, New York.
- “Dear Photo Lover,” at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London.
- Launch of Saraba Magazine’s print issue at the MFA Art Writing graduate program, School of Visual Arts, New York.
- In conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London.
- A conversation with Neelika Jayawardane, Sean O’Toole, and Lerato Bereng, at the Armory Show.