Discipline: Visual Art – photography

Christopher Iduma

Discipline: Visual Art – photography
Region: Lagos, NIGERIA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Christopher Iduma is a photojournalist and visual artist living and working in Lagos, Nigeria. Iduma’s work delves into the contemporary understanding of identity, women, history, and sociopolitical constructs while utilizing it as a "protest against time." In his current project, “Self-Portraits” (2019 – ongoing), Iduma creates composition with multiple figures to consider complex issues around his identity as an African.

He is a 2021 Leica Oskar Barnack New Comer Awards nominee, was one of eight black recipients of a John Herrin Memorial Scholarship in 2021, and invited to attend FotoFest's The Meeting Place Portfolio Review in Houston. Iduma's work was also featured in the British Journal of Photography's exhibition “Open Walls Arles” in 2021. His photographs are included in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) collection.

While at MacDowell, he worked on his first photobook, Lagos: The History of Quietude from his long-term project reconstructing the notion of Lagos as a “steamy, high-octane, commercial capital,” as written by Karl Maier in his book, This House Has Fallen, to reveal the stillness and isolation providing viewers with an introspective reflection on this city as an urban phenomenon, capturing the presence of Lagos stripped of the surface hustle and bustle.



Christopher Iduma worked in the Heinz studio.

The icehouse, built of fieldstone in 1914–1915, was a practical part of Marian MacDowell’s plan for a self-sufficient farm. Winter ice cut from a nearby pond was stored here for summer use on the property. Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building. In 1995, Mrs. Drue Heinz, a vice chairman…

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