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 an expanded moving photography through the narrative and experimental capabilities of "walking" as it intersects with documentary storytelling, psycho-spiritual-geography, socio politics, urban environment and autobiography. She incorporates sculpture, drawing, sound, video, installation and performance in her work.

She was recently named a FOAM Talent for 2020, in 2018 she was a World Press Photo 6x6 global talent and shortlisted for the Africa Media Works Prize. In 2017 she was shortlisted for Contemporary African Photography Prize, winner of the Fourthwall photobook award and part of the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. 

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.


12-14 March 2020 Tatsuniya II screening at Re-Fest 2020 an annual festival by Culture Hub, New York, US
12 March -  26 July 2020
Beliefs: making and undoing the invisible , the Institute of Cultures of Islam and Africa, Curated by Jeanne Mercier. Paris, France
8 March – 19 April
Fotofest 2020 Biennial/ African Cosmologies – Photography, Time and the Other curated by Mark Sealy. Houston, US
28 Feb 2020, Beyond the Image, Bertien van Manen and Friends, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
22/23 Feb 2020 - Forum Expanded, Berlinale film screening of Tatsuniya II, Berlin, Germany
15 Feb - 19 July 2020, Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?, The Museum of African Contemporary Arts Al Maaden (MACAAL), Morocco.
30 Nov – 31 Jan 2020 Bamako Encounters - African Biennale of Photography  "Streams of Consciousness", Bamako, Mali
  • 4 Nov - 31 Jan 2020 "Diaspora at Home" exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos in conjunction with the Kadist Foundation
  • 26 Oct -  30 Nov 2019 Lagos Biennial; "How to Build a Lagoon with a Bottle of Wine", Lagos, Nigeria

Contact: Rahimagambo[at]gmail.com

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