Rahima Gambo (b.1986) is a Nigerian photographer and artist whose work ranges from the everyday to social issues often with a conceptual hue that looks critically at notions of storytelling. A graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (2014) with a prior academic background in Social Sciences and Gender studies, she came to photographic practice through photojournalism. Since then she has been working independently in Nigeria on long term work that is rooted in documentary and photojournalistic inquiry, but breaks away and questions it’s frameworks.
Gambo uses her visual narratives to ponder on her environment, identity, postcolonial history, memory, freedom, escape, healing and the spaces in between these things. She is interested in the long-term processes of storytelling and the opportunities it gives to experiment with other forms and mediums such as drawing, video, sculpture and installation. Her non-photography offerings are produced to trouble work that begins as linear two-dimensional visual narratives in progress.
In 2017 Gambo was a part of the prestigious Joop Swart masterclass and was shortlisted for the Contemporary African Photography Prize, the Africa Media Works Prize and nominated for the FOAM Paul Huf Prize a couple of years before. In 2017 she won the Fourthwall photobook award, to publish a photobook based on her long term project “Education is Forbidden”. In 2018 she was selected as a World Press Photo 6x6 Global talent.