Olu Oguibe Receives Documenta’s Arnold Bode Prize

July 5th, 2017

Artist Olu Oguibe has received the Arnold Bode Prize, the highest award for work in this year’s edition of Documenta. “For almost four decades Olu Oguibe has been working as a conceptual artist and thinker with an interest in wide-ranging themes, including social and formal issues,” the City of Kassel said in a statement. “Although the Igbo system of thought and existential principles play a critical role in Oguibe’s creative endeavors—dictating his approach to conceptualism, abstraction, and the form of the art object—the vital force behind his art is his experiences as a child in Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War in the late 1960s.”

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