Aba, b.1989

Yagazie Emezi

Yagazie Emezi is an artist and self-taught documentary photographer focused on stories surrounding African women and their health, sexuality, education and human rights. Having graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Africana Studies, she began her journey as a photographer in 2015. Since then she has been widely commissioned by publications such as Al-Jazeera, New York Times, Vogue, Newsweek, Inc. Magazine, TIME, The Guardian, Refinery29, Everyday Projects, The Weather Channel and New York Times Magazine.

Yagazie spent ten months in Monrovia, Liberia documenting the impact of education for girls in at-risk communities, and then returned to her ongoing project Re-learning Bodies. This project explores how trauma survivors adapt to their bodies outside the narrative of violence and abuse.

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Biography

Yagazie Emezi is an artist and self-taught documentary photographer focused on stories surrounding African women and their health, sexuality, education and human rights. Having graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Africana Studies, she began her journey as a photographer in 2015. Since then she has been widely commissioned by publications such as Al-Jazeera, New York Times, Vogue, Newsweek, Inc. Magazine, TIME, The Guardian, Refinery29, Everyday Projects, The Weather Channel and New York Times Magazine.

Yagazie spent ten months in Monrovia, Liberia documenting the impact of education for girls in at-risk communities, and then returned to her ongoing project Re-learning Bodies. This project explores how trauma survivors adapt to their bodies outside the narrative of violence and abuse.

A few of her many notable achievements include the 2018 inaugural Creative Bursary Award from Getty Images, the 2018 New York Portfolio Review, and a grant from the U.S Consulate General in Lagos. She has also been featured in the British Journal of Photography, Huffington Post, Nieman Reports, Paper Magazine, Vogue, ABC News, and The Washington Post.

Artworks

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Beauties of West Point 1, 2017

Related Categories

21st Century Art / African Art / African Culture / Art of the 2010s / Contemporary African Art / Contemporary Nigerian Art / Face/Body (Human Figures) / Female Identity / Nigerian Art / Photography / Portrait Photography / Self Taught Artist / Traumatic Experience / Women Artists / Women's Rights / Young / Emerging Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Cultural Anthropology and Africana Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Here, Alliance Francais, Lagos, Nigeria

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    The Female Lens, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York, USA

  • Global Media Forum, Bonn, Germany

  • 2018

    Festival Pil’ours, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France

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Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Cultural Anthropology and Africana Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Here, Alliance Francais, Lagos, Nigeria

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    The Female Lens, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York, USA

  • Global Media Forum, Bonn, Germany

  • 2018

    Festival Pil’ours, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France

  • 2017

    Insider/Outsider, Women Photograph, Photoville, New York, USA

  • Body Talk, Refinery29 Photoville, New York, USA

  • Re-Picturing a Continent, Alliance Francais, Nairobi, Kenya

  • 2016

    LOOK3, Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

  • The Everyday Projects at FotoIstanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

Grants/Awards

  • 2019

    National Geographic Storytelling Grant

  • 2018

    U.S. Consulate Grant, The United States Consulate General, Lagos

  • Emerging Photographer Grant, Getty Images

  • 2017

    Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of New Mexico, Africana Studies Department

Residencies

  • 2019

    Black Rock Senegal by Kehinde Wiley, Dakar, Senegal

  • 2018

    hFactor, Lagos, Nigeria

Lectures/Talks

  • 2019

    Chronic Conditions: Knowing, Seeing & Healing the Body in Global Africa, University of Kansas

  • 2018

    Fast Forward: Women in Photography, Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, Nigeria

  • Guest Lecture, Parsons School of Design, New York, USA

  • 2017

    Rethinking Creation in the Digital Age, FCAEA & Everyday Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

  • 2016

    Narratives Through Photography, Social Media Week Lagos, Nigeria

  • 2015

    Limitations to Exploring Photography Off the Streets, Rele Gallery, Lagos Nigeria

Publications

  • 2019

    The igrants Who Return Home, New York Times

  • In Senegal, Horse-Drawn Carts Face the Threat of Modernity, New York Times

  • Confessions of a Hit Squad, New York Times

  • The New Daughters of Africa, New Internationalist

  • 2018

    Exodus: The Climate Migration Crises. Forced Out, The Weather Channel

  • Taking the Pulse of Nigerian Style, The New York Times The Voyages Issue, The New York Times Magazine

  • Next Generation Leaders, Time Magazine

  • Five Families Who Are Changing The World as We Know It, Vogue

  • Health Special: Out of Africa, Newsweek

  • A Sense of Place, Huck Magazine

  • 2017

    The Ease of Monrovia’s ‘Hipco’ Clubs, New York Times

  • Why We Need More Visual Journalists and Editors of Color, Nieman Reports

  • 30 Photographers Re-Picturing a Continent, Everyday Africa

Writing

  • 2019

    The Packard Foundation, Kigali, Rwanda

  • New York Times, Serekunda, Gambia

  • Sea Shepherd, Walvis Bay, Namibia

  • New York Times, Dakar, Senegal

  • Gates Foundation, Lagos & Kaduna, Nigeria

  • New York Times, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

  • National Geographic, Kigali, Rwanda

  • Financial Times, Lagos, Nigeria

  • New York Times, Lagos, Nigeria

  • Dove Global, Lagos, Nigeria

  • The Weather Channel, Kano & Lagos, Nigeria

  • Sea Shepherd, Libreville, Gabon

  • 2018

    The New York Times Magazine, Lagos, Nigeria

  • Inc. Magazine, Masindi, Uganda

  • New York Times, Lagos, Nigeria

  • Newsweek, Abuja, Nigeria

  • Vlisco, Lagos, Nigeria

  • Desigual, Barcelona, Spain

  • The Guardian, Lagos, Nigeria

  • TIME, Kano, Nigeria

  • Malone Souliers, London, United Kingdom

  • 2017

    UNFPA, Freetown, Sierra Leone

  • New York Times, Monrovia, Liberia

  • eHealth Africa, Monrovia, Liberia

  • Vogue, Monrovia, Liberia

  • Everyday Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

  • Refinery29, Monrovia, Liberia

  • Al-Jazeera, Lagos, Nigeria