A SUM OF ENCOUNTERS 

by Emmanuel Iduma

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A Sum of Encounters is a year-long blog (February 2018–January 2019) featuring intimate portraits of Nigerian artists based in Nigeria or the United States. Each portrait is developed following studio visits and lengthy conversations, culminating in short narrative essays that elucidate the triangular relationship between artist, artwork, and experience. The essays will be published on the last day of the month.

This project is supported by the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.

With thanks to:
Billie McTernan for editorial help.
Olaniyi Omiwale for research.
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Emmanuel Iduma, born and raised in Nigeria, is the author of the novel The Sound of Things to Come (first published as Farad in Nigeria) and co-editor of Gambit: Newer African Writing. He has contributed essays on art and photography in Guernica, ARTNews, Aperture, the British Journal of Photography, BOMB, and several exhibition catalogues and artist monographs.

He is the editor of Saraba magazine, which he co-founded, and a faculty member of the MFA Art Writing Program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He co-curated the Nigerian Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

A Stranger’s Pose, his travelogue, is forthcoming from Cassava Republic Press in October 2018.

mriduma.com

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A Sum of Encounters is a year-long blog by Emmanuel Iduma featuring intimate portraits of Nigerian artists based in Nigeria or the United States. With support from the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.