Mimi Ọnụọha

Mimi Ọnụọha

She // Her // Hers

[ID: A woman dressed in a white button-down collared shirt poses. Streaks of platinum blonde braids frame her face.]

Portrait photo by Casey Horsfield.

Brooklyn, NY
2024 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by The Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Nigerian-American artist Mimi Ọnụọha creates work that questions and exposes the contradictory logics of technological progress. Through print, code, data, video, installation, and archival media, Ọnụọha offers new orientations for making sense of the seeming absences that define systems of labor, ecology, and relations.

Ọnụọha’s recent solo exhibitions include bitforms gallery and Forest City Gallery. Her work has been featured at the Whitney Museum of Art, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Mao Jihong Arts Foundation, La Gaitê Lyrique, Transmediale Festival, The Photographers Gallery, and NEON among others. Her public art engagements have been supported by Akademie der Kunst, Le Centre Pompidou, the Royal College of Art, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Princeton University.

Ọnụọha earned her MPS from NYU Tisch’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she has taught as Assistant Professor. She is a Creative Capital and Fulbright National Geographic grantee. Ọnụọha is also the co-founder of A People’s Guide To Tech, an artist-led organization that makes educational guides and workshops about emerging technology.

“Making audacious bets on the future of technology: Mimi Ọnụọha ’11.” Princeton University.
  • Artwork by Mimi Ọnụọha
    The Library of Missing Datasets. Photo by Brandon Schulman.
    [ID: A well-manicured hand with brown skin rifles through folders in a filing cabinet. Their fingers linger on a file labeled, "Proportion of traded wildlife illegally poached."]
  • Artwork by Mimi Ọnụọha
    The Cloth In The Cable + These Networks In Our Skin. Photo courtesy of Gropius Bau.
    [ID: A framed TV monitor fills the corner of a windowless gallery space with terracotta red walls. The large, horizontal screen shows an image of a backlit hand holding a large silver mixing bowl and spoon hovering over a pile of wires. Outside of the monitor is the same bundle of wires that trail along the gallery floor.]
Artwork by Mimi Ọnụọha Artwork by Mimi Ọnụọha