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Mimi Ọnụọha
Artist Mimi Ọnụọha standing in front of her video installation These Networks In Our Skin. She is a dark-skin nigerian woman who wears a white sheer top and braids.

Credit: Casey Horsfield

Date and place of birth
b. 1989, Parma, Italy
Current location
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
201617, Power Resident; 2020, Rapid Response Fellow

Mimi Ọnụọha is a Nigerian-American artist and researcher whose work questions and exposes the contradictory logics of technological progress. Through print, code, data, video, installation, and archival media, Ọnụọha offers new orientations for making sense of the absences that define systems of labor, ecology and relations.

Ọnụọha’s recent solo exhibitions include bitforms gallery (USA) and Forest City Gallery (Canada). Her work has been featured at the Whitney Museum of Art (USA), the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (AUS), Mao Jihong Arts Foundation (China), La Gaitê Lyrique (France), Transmediale Festival (Germany), The Photographers Gallery (UK), and NEON (Greece) among others. Her public art engagements have been supported by Akademie der Kunst (Germany), the Royal College of Art (UK), the Rockefeller Foundation (USA), and Princeton University (USA).

Ọnụọha is a Creative Capital and Fulbright-National Geographic grantee. She is also the Co-Founder of A People’s Guide To Tech, an artist-led organization that makes educational guides and workshops about emerging technology.

Rapid Response Project

Ọnụọha explains that surveillance capitalism is an extension of capitalism, and capitalism is but one aspect of the matrix of domination that the US has participated in and which predominantly targets Black, brown, indigenous and other folks who fall outside of the field of power. As such, and working with a team, she is creating an original dataset related to land and racial violence in the United States.

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