Olu Oguibe (1964, Aba) is an artist, theorist and curator whose work engages with labour. The former Professor of Art and African American Studies at the University of Connecticut and senior fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, New York and Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC has played a significant role in postcolonial theory and the history of non-Western contemporary art studies.
His art has been shown in numerous institutions internationally and his monumental public sculpture, Monument to Strangers and Refugees for documenta 14 won the Arnold Bode Prize in 2017. He has also curated and advised for exhibitions and biennials and his theoretical writings have appeared in key volumes including Theory in Contemporary Art:
From 1985 to the Present (2012), journals such as Texte zur Kunst and his own books such as Reading the Contemporary: African Art from Theory to the Marketplace (2000) and The Culture Game (2004). He has published several volumes including I’m Bound to this Land by Blood (2013).