Power 100

Most influential people in 2022 in the contemporary artworld


Azu Nwagbogu

Curator - Founder and director of African Artists’ Foundation; director of LagosPhoto Festival

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Photo: Paul Odigie

The Nigerian curator continues to work apace, helping to create an international stage for African contemporary artists. The African Artists’ Foundation, which Nwagbogu founded in 2007 in Lagos, hosts a rolling series of exhibitions and residencies for emerging artists. He is also director of Lagos Photo festival, which just ran its 13th edition, as well as presenting a selection from its previous editions at the first Ozangé Biennale of African Photography, in Málaga. Nwagbogu continues to explore the potential of the digital market, speaking at Milan’s Photo Vogue Festival in October on the importance of NFTs for African photographers, and to curate Magnum Photos’ releases of NFT collections. All the while, he curated the exhibition Dig Where You Stand, with work by Zanele Muholi, Yinka Shonibare and Ibrahim Mahama, which began at the Alliance Française in Lagos earlier this year and then toured to Mahama’s SCCA Tamale in Ghana, and will continue to venues across the African continent over the coming year.

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