Rahima Gambo (b.1986, Nigerian) is a multimedia artist and photographer who came to artistic practice by working independently on long form trans media documentary projects. Currently, she explores a decolonising, feminising, rehabilitative moving photography through the experimental capabilities of "walking" as it intersects with documentary storytelling, photo-synthesis, psycho-spiritual-geography, socio politics, urban environment, ecology and autobiography. She incorporates sculpture, drawing, sound, video, installation and performance in her work.
She was recently named a FOAM Talent for 2020 and in 2018 she was a World Press Photo 6x6 global talent. She was shortlisted for Contemporary African Photography Prize 2020 and part of the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass 2017. She is a Magnum Foundation fellow, Open Society Foundation Documentary Photography fellow and an International Women's Media Fund fellow. In 2019 she founded A Walk Space (www.awalkspace.com ) a "bipedal" space for artists, writers, thinkers and creatives to be solitary or to gather, rest and commune out of her studio in Garki II, Abuja, Nigeria.
Select Group Exhibitions: Beyond the Image, Bertien van Manen and Friends, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Bamako Encounters - African Biennale of Photography "Streams of Consciousness", Mali. "Diaspora at Home" Centre for Contemporary Art and Kadist Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria. Lagos Biennial; "How to Build a Lagoon with a Bottle of Wine", Lagos, Nigeria. "Which Kain Wine" Group show, curated by HFactor (Lagos Biennial OFF) Lagos, Nigeria Lagos Photo festival “Passports”, Lagos, Nigeria . "Stop-Over" Women on Aeroplanes exhibition at TOR Art Space, Frankfurt, Germany. LineGuage: Textual Imagery | Visual Allegories - The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria. In 2018 she exhibited in the two-person show The Secret Life of Plants: Rahima Gambo and Adee Roberson at Treehouse, Lagos, Nigeria.
Select publications: South As A State of Mind Issue 11: Coexistence. FOAM Magazine; FOAM Talent issue, Writings and images from “A Walk Series” published in Becoming Botanicals, Book. C& Feature Article: In Conversation with Rahima Gambo: The Purpose of a Broader Narrative. Sum of Encounters - Rahima Gambo by Emmanuel Iduma, and Nataal Magazine: Issue One - Rahima Gambo.Education: BA in Social Sciences and Economics from the University of Manchester, an MS in Gender and Social Policy, and MS in Journalism for Columbia University.