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New Photography 2023:
Kelani Abass, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Yagazie Emezi, Amanda Iheme, Abraham Oghobase, Karl Ohiri, Logo Oluwamuyiwa

May 28, 2023 – September 16, 2023

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces New Photography 2023: Kelani Abass, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Yagazie Emezi, Amanda Iheme, Abraham Oghobase, Karl Ohiri, Logo Oluwamuyiwa. On view from May 28 through September 16, 2023, the exhibition explores the photographic work of seven artists, all at various stages in their careers, who are united by their critical use of photographic forms and their ties to the artistic scene in the port city of Lagos (Èkó), Nigeria. This is the latest edition of MoMA’s celebrated New Photography series and will mark its return as a gallery presentation after five years. New Photography 2023 marks the first time any of these photographers will present their work at MoMA and is the first group exhibition in MoMA’s history to engage the work of living West African photographers.

New Photography 2023 is organized by Oluremi C. Onabanjo, Associate Curator, Department of Photography, with the assistance of Kaitlin Booher, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Curatorial Fellow, Department of Photography.

Leadership funding for the exhibition is provided by the Noel and Harriette Levine Endowment. 

Major support is provided by the Wallis Annenberg Director’s Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art.

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Abraham Oghobase, Untitled 01, from “Constructed Realities” installation, 2019–2022. 10 pieces of printed silk chiffon layered on inkjet prints. 25 1⁄2 x 21 1⁄2 inches. Courtesy of the artist. © Abraham Oghobase.

Akinbode Akinbiyi, Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, from the series “Sea Never Dry,” 2006.
Inkjet print. 23 5⁄8 x 23 5⁄8 inches. Courtesy of the artist. © Akinbode Akinbiyi.

Amanda Iheme, Old Secretariat – Stagnation – 12, from “The Way of Life,” 2018. Inkjet print. 40 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist. © Amanda Iheme.

Kelani Abass, Unfolding Layers 6, from “Casing History,” 2021. Letterpress type-case and digital print. 19 11/16 x 23 5⁄8 x 1 9/16. Courtesy of the artist. © Kelani Abass.

Karl Ohiri, Untitled, from “The Archive of Becoming,” 2015–ongoing. Inkjet print. 8 x 10 inches. Courtesy of the artist. © Karl Ohiri.

Logo Oluwamuyiwa, Oil Wonders II, from “Monochrome Lagos,” 2018.
Inkjet print. 36 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist. © Logo Oluwamuyiwa.

Yagazie Emezi, Untitled, from “#EndSARS Protests,” 2020. Inkjet print. 16 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Richard Taittinger Gallery, NY. © Yagazie Emezi.