Fellowship Year: 2024
Nationality: Nigeria
Job Title: Artist
Organisation: The Artist's Algorithm


Job Title: Artist

Organisation: The Artist's Algorithm

Professional History: Modupeola Fadugba is a multimedia artist working in painting, drawing, and socially-engaged installations. Her works explore cultural identity, social justice and game theory within the African landscape. She founded The Artist's Algorithm -- a game installation that fosters debate about how to improve Nigeria's education system. It was awarded El Anatsui's Outstanding Production Prize and a 2016 Dakar Biennale Grand Prize from Senegal's Minister of Communication. She says that the whole essence of The People's Algorithm is that it asks, how can individual artists organize their ideas to impact communities and even nations at scale?

Her most recent exhibition, Dream from the Deep End, depicts swimmers exploring collaborative ways of being in the water together, set against the bleak backdrop of America's racialized -- and oftentimes tragic -- swimming history. The work was exhibited at Gallery 1957 in Accra, Ghana as part of a multimedia exhibition that reflects the sheer scope of their individual stories and collective experiences as swimmers. In 2016, she started a mentorship program called Dear Young Artist, mentoring emerging artists with a focus on the importance of long-term strategy, as well as finance and relationship management, two things that artists often shy away from.

Academic and professional credentials: University of Delaware (2003-8), Chemical Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering
University of Delaware (2008-10), Economics, Master of Arts
Harvard Graduate School of Education (2012-3), Master of Education

Programs: NXTVN Fellowship, New Haven, USA - 2022
Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco - 2022
Facebook Open Arts, Artist in Residence, Lagos - 2021
Smithsonian Institute of African Art, Research Fellowship, Washington DC - 2020
International Studio and Curatorial Program, Artist Residency, Brooklyn, New York - 2018
International Cite des Arts, Paris - 2017


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