Okpa-Iroha, Uche
Born 1972 in Enugu, Nigeria
Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria
Okpe-Iroha’s Under Bridge Life series takes a unique look at the complex urban life in Lagos and represents the divide or gap in its spatial order. In this society, the lowly navigate through the socio-economic process of life appropriating what they need, leaving traces behind and charting out new paths for themselves, creating systems of trade, meeting points and places of business. Okpa-Iroha has exhibited in Nigeria and abroad: 10th Havana Biennial (2009) and The Ungovernables, New Museum, New York (2012). He contributed to several publications including Lagos – the City at work and Nigerians behind the lens. Okpe-Iroha was awarded the Seydou Keïta Award at the 10th Rencontres de Bamako – Biennale africaine de la photographie (2015) for his Under the Bridge Life project and was the 2009 recipient of the Jean Paul Blachère prize. He is also the founder of The Niele Institute – African Center for Photography.
Uche Okpa-Iroha, New and Old, 2011-2012, Photograph, 100 x 100 cm, 39 x 39 in. Courtesy Retro Africa