British-Nigerian-Londoner living and working in Helsinki




Instagram: @karlohiri



Tallberginkatu 1 B 4

00180 Helsinki, Finland



2023 - New Photography 2023, MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York

2023 - Lagos Peckham Repeat: Pilgrimage to the Lakes, South London Gallery, London

2023 - Notes on a Native Son: After Baldwin, Peckham 24, Copeland Gallery, London

2022 - Care, Contagion, Community - Self & Other, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK

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

2021 - Power without Power, Democracy Day Protest, Ojota, Lagos, Nigeria

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

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

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, in the context of the 58th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy

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

2018 - Time Has Gone, LagosPhoto, Lagos, Nigeria

2018 - There Not There, Courtauld Gallery, London

2018 - Stepchange, City of London University, UK

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

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

2017 - Alchemy Festival, Southbank Centre, London

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

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

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

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

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 Pavilion, London

2015 - Just Another Photo Festival, New Delhi, India

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

2015 - Photo Junctions, Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Abuja, Nigeria

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

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

2014 - Vienna Contemporary Art Fair, Vienna, Austria

2014 - Uncertain States Annual Exhibition, Bank Gallery, London

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

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

2013 - Beyond Rational Thought, Agency Gallery, London

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

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

2012 - Culture Cloud, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK

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

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


2023 - No One Knows Tomorrow: Archiving for the Future, Artist Talk - G.A.S Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria

2023 - Reclaiming the Frame: The Black Male Body Redefined, Panel Discussion, Sunset Studios, London

2022 - Critical Workshop, organised by the Nlele Institute and MoMA, Angels & Muse, Lagos, Nigeria

2022 - Symposium: In a Pot of Hot Soup - Archives and the Making of the Past in the Future, SOAS University, London

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

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

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 Kokkola Art School, Finland

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

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

2017 - Visiting Artist, University of Greenwich, London

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, London

2015 - Decolonizing Trauma Studies, Artist Talk, My Granddad's Car, University of Northampton, UK

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

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

2013 - Artist Talk, Uncertain States, Ziferblat, London

2011 - Hybrid Lives, Curator Talk and Tour, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London


2023 - Kone Foundation 2-Year Working Grant (2024-2025)

2023 - G.A.S Foundation Residency, Lagos, Nigeria - Supported by Autograph, London

2023 - FRAME Contemporary Art Finland, Travel Grant

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

2019 - Developing Your Creative Practice - Arts Council England - Working Grant

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

2017 - Greenwich Portraits - Celebrating Outstanding Alumni, University of Greenwich, UK

2016 - Arts Council England, Project Grant & Exhibition - My Granddad's Car II, Touring Exhibition

2015 - Artist in Development Fund - Arts Council England / British Council - Exhibition Grant

2011 - Stephen Lawrence Gallery - Curator Commission : Touring Exhibition

2011 - Arts Council England, Project Grant & Exhibition - My Granddad's Car Part 1




2023 - In the Absence of the Photograph, IGI Global, ISBN 9781668453384

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

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




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

2007 - BA Hons First Class - Media Culture & Communication, Greenwich University, London



Association of Photographic Artists, Helsinki, Finland


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.


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 Alexander Pringle Centre

One of the UK's leading self-contained outpatient units based in North Middlesex Hospital. The unit was named after the founder, Dr Alexander Pringle and offers general HIV outpatient and inpatient care. Ohiri's works were acquired during the opening of the hospital and form part of the centre's permanent public display.

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 resides 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 2017.

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.