Karl Ohiri (pronounced Oh-hir-ri) is a British-Nigerian artist, photographer and archivist based in London. His conceptually driven practice explores the human condition and the lived experience by merging two inseparable strands of existence.
Autobiographical works based on personal experiences, identity and belonging. The works challenge the boundaries between the private and the public - inviting the viewer to discover the in-between personal spaces that shape his practice, thoughts, and sense of self.
Societal works based on current affairs, social issues and cultural heritage. The works comment on the attitudes and culture of contemporary society - using art and intervention as a way to facilitate dialogues with the public in thought-provoking ways.
His diverse practice captures a wide range of human emotions from the light-hearted and humourous to the poetically-tragic and serious, in an approach that seeks to create art from the everyday - incorporating the use of photography, video, text and everyday objects. Alongside his artistic practice he is the founder and co-guardian of the Lagos Studio Archives. The project aims to collect, preserve and present the archives of a generation of Lagos based photographers that discarded their film negatives due to a shift from analogue to digital photography.