Karl Ohiri (b.1983, London, pronounced Oh-hir-ri) is a British-Nigerian artist living and working in London.
His conceptually driven practice explores the Human Condition by merging two inseparable strands of existence.

The Self:

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.

The Other

Societal works based on current affairs, social issues and everyday observations. The works comment on the attitudes and culture of contemporary society, using art and intervention to facilitate dialogues with the public in thought-provoking ways.

The use of appropriation and recontextualisation feature playfully within his work, in a minimalist 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 preserve the archives of a generation of Lagos based photographers that discarded their negatives due to a shift from analogue to digital photography.


2007 - 2008 - MA Photography and Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths University, London

2004 - 2007 - BA (Hons) 1:1 Media Culture & Communication, Greenwich University, London


2021 - Care, Contagion, Community - Self & Other, Autograph, London, UK

2021 - Power without Power, Public Intervention, Democracy Day, Ojota, Lagos, Nigeria

2021 - Terrains of Possibility, Rele Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria

2020 - Unquiet Moments, Courtauld Institute of Art / Somerset House, London, UK

2020 - Go On Being So, Newlyn Gallery and The Exchange, Cornwall, UK

2019 - Lagos Biennial, How to Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine?, Lagos, Nigeria

2019 - Home & Away, in the context of Les Rencontres d'Arles 50th edition, Galerie Huit, France

2019 - Personal Structures - Identities - in the context of the 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2019 - ForeverNow, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, UK

2018 - Time Has Gone, LagosPhoto, Lagos, Nigeria

2018 - There Not There, Courtauld Gallery, London, UK

2018 - Stepchange, City of London University, UK

2017 - Rencontres a Reattu, curated by Andy Neyrotti, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Reattu Museum, France

2017 - DisPLACEment, Public Installation, Frequency Festival of Digital Culture, Lincoln, UK

2017 - My Granddad’s Car Part II, Alchemy Festival, Southbank Centre, London, UK

2017 - Rip It Up, co-curated by Bisi Silva, 2nd Changjiang Video & Photography Biennale, China

2017 - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, London, UK

2017 - My Granddad’s Car Part II, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London, UK

2016 - My Granddad's Car II, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK

2016 - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

2016 - Tear My Bra, curated by Azu Nwagbogu, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France

2016 - Sweet Mother, Omenka Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria

2016 - Tender, Chennai Photo Biennial, India

2015 - Smile Orange, curated by Morgan Quaintance, Cubitt Gallery, London, UK

2015 - Uncertain States, annual exhibition, The Art Pavillion, London, UK

2015 - Just Another Photo Festival, New Delhi, India

2015 - I was there, but I didn’t see You, Doomed Gallery, London, UK

2015 - PhotoJunctions, Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Abuja, Nigeria

2015 - Sunscreen, curated by Candice Jacobs, East Midlands Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennial, Italy

2015 - Evidence, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, UK

2015 - Portrait Salon, Embassy Tea Gallery, London

2014 - Viennacontemporary, Art Fair, Vienna, Austria

2014 - Uncertain States, annual exhibition, Bank Gallery, London, UK

2014 - Sample, curated by Hansi Momodu Gordon, Coronet Street, London UK

2014 - Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, UK

2014 - FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014 - Staging Reality, Documenting Fiction, LagosPhoto, Lagos, Nigeria

2014 - Three Lions: A Portrait of Benjamin Odeje, The New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK

2014 - Truth, Facts, Fiction, Lies, PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, Ireland

2013 - FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

2013 - The Mega City and the Non-City, LagosPhoto, Lagos, Nigeria

2013 - How to Mend a Broken Heart, Agency Gallery, London, UK

2013 - Beyond Rational Thought, Agency Gallery, London, UK

2013 - My Granddad’s Car, Recyclart, Brussels, Belgium

2012 - Family Matters: The Family in British Art, Tate Britain, London

2012 - My Granddad's Car, Culture Cloud, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK

2012 - My Granddad's Car, Public Installation, Heathrow Terminal 5, London, UK

2011 - Hybrid Lives, (Touring) Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, London, UK

2011 - Hybrid Lives: Locating The Self and The Other, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London, UK


2021 - Guest Lecture, Falmouth University, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

2021 - The Future of the Creative Industry, online panel discussion led by Lisa Moorish, Roadworks Media

2020 - Unquiet Moments, Ohiri & Chandra in conversation, Courtauld Institute of Art / Somerset House, London

2019 - Contributing to a paper by Valentine Umansky, Black Portraiture[s] V, University of NYC, USA

2019 - Guest Artist (Presenting Work in Progress) Praksis Development Forum (PDF) Oslo, Norway

2019 - Guest Lecture, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London

2018 - Guest Lecture, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, UK

2018 - Art & the Archive, Panel Discussion, Led by Professor Abosede George, LagosPhoto, Nigeria

2018 - Artist talk, in conversation with Harrie Liveart, for the students of Kokola Art School, Finland

2017 - My Granddad's Car, in conversation with Raquel Villar-Perez, SOAS University, London, UK

2017 - My Granddad's Car, in conversation with David Waterworth, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London, UK

2017 - Visiting Artist, University of Greenwich, London, UK

2016 - My Granddad's Car, in conversation with Skinder Hundal, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK

2016 - Sweet Mother - Artist Talk, Omenka Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria

2015 - Studio Visit, Resonance FM, Guest Artist in Conversation with Morgan Quaintance

2015 - Decolonizing Trauma Studies, artist talk, My Granddad's Car, University of Northampton, UK

2014 - Fictionalising the Self: Staging Performace in Contemporary Photography, LagosPhoto, Lagos, Nigeria

2014 - #No Filter – Uncertain States, Artist Talk, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

2013 - Artist Talk, Uncertain States, Ziferblat, London, UK

2011 - Hybrid Lives: Curator Talk & Tour, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London, UK


2020 - Autograph - Artist Commission responding to the wider context of the Covid-19 crisis

2019 - Developing Your Creative Practice - Arts Council England - Curatorial Research

2018 - New Art Exchange, Africa/UK Transforming Art Ecologies, Project Development

2017 - Greenwich University Portrait Commission, Celebrating Outstanding Alumni

2016 - Arts Council England Project Grant - My Granddad's Car II (Touring Exhibition)

2015 - Artist in Development Fund - Arts Council England / British Council - Sweet Mother

2011 - Arts Council England Project Grant - My Granddad's Car I

2011 - Stephen Lawrence Gallery - Exhibition Commission : Hybrid Lives


2021 - Care, Contagion, Community - Self & Other, Published by Autograph, London

2019 - Personal Structures - Identites, European Cultural Centre, ISBN 978-90-829434

2018 - Blood & Wire, Sculptor Vox - Volume 2, ISBN 2515-7329

2016 - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, ISBN 978-1-85514795-9

2015 - Africa Under The Prism, Hatje Cantz, ISBN 978-3-7757-4088-3

2015 - A-Z of Leadership, INIVA, London, UK, ISBN 978-1-899846-58-0

2014 - Photoworks Annual 21, ISBN 978-1-903796-50-4

2014 - De Arte, University of South Africa, ISNN 0004-3389

2013 - FNB Joburg ArtFair, ISBN 978-1-4314-0924-2


Arts Council England Collection

Founded in 1946 to acquire works on behalf of the nation the collection operates as a 'museum without walls'. It serves as the largest loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world, and includes important examples by all the UK's most prominent artists.

Autograph ABP

Described as a 'living archive' the works in Autograph's collection date from the 1860s to present day. Home to thousands of prints, negatives and related ephemera the collection encompasses a vast array of photographic genres and themes developed through commissions, donations and strategic acquisitions.

The Rencontres d’Arles Collection

The photography collections of 'Les Rencontres d'Arles' comprises of photographic works from all over the world created by leading practitioners of photography. Every year new works are collected, preserved and shared with the public through curated exhibitions and publications.

University of Greenwich

A portrait of the artist photographed by Diane Patrice hangs permanently at the University of Greenwich. The portrait forms part of a growing collection that celebrates Outstanding Alumni. Ohiri graduated with First-Class Honours in 2007 and was inducted into the field of Arts & Media in 2018.


Wellcome Collection

A public museum and library founded by Sir Henry Solomon Welcome. The museum showcases artefacts from around the world that explore the connections between science, medicine and art. The collection contains more than 250,000 works in a variety of media dating from the 14th century to present day.