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curriculum vitae

/kʌˈrɪkjʊləm ˈviːtʌɪ/

  course of life, summary, summary of course of life

Central to Temitayo Shonibare’s practice is creating critically engaged interventions that reveal the backstage of the indoctrinated performance that is life. Conducted as social experiments, she brings the subjective interiority of daily encounters to public space using her body as the medium. Through staging actions that disrupt general socialised norms, she plays with the imagined boundaries between public and private spaces - mentally, physically and digitally - questioning who is and what makes up the public. She seeks to expand the site of art making from a physically grounded space to a relational encounter between individuals, affecting how viewers-cum-participants experience the work.

Born: Nigeria, 1995 
Lives and works in Lagos and London 


New York




2021  Bloomberg New Contemporaries Artist 
         Chelsea Arts Club Trust MA Materials and Research Award


2024  ‘Traces of Ecstasy’, ICA VCU, Virginia, USA

2024  ‘Traces of Ecstasy’, Lagos Biennial 3rd and 4th editions, Tafawa Balewa   Square, Lagos, Nigeria

2023  ‘Lagos Peckham Repeat: Pilgrimage to the Lakes’, South London Gallery, London

2023  ‘Ripened On a Tree’, Fitzrovia Gallery, London

2022  ‘AGAINST MEDIUM’, The Treehouse, Lagos, Nigeria 

2022  ‘Sublime Rage’, 9 French Place, London

2022  ‘Make it up!’, Hasch, Marseille

2021  ‘Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021’, Firstsite Colchester and South London Gallery

2021  ‘HDL’, Xxijra Hii, London 

2021  ‘Inter/Intra-action’, no format Gallery, London 

2019  ‘Spatial Intervention’, You+Your Friends, Lagos, Nigeria 


2023  ‘I’d rather not go blind’, Overground Train, London

2020  ‘Daily Affirmations #1: Over Breakfast’, Instagram Live, Online 

2019  ‘Untitled’, Architecture and Memory Symposium, Lagos, Nigeria 
            ‘So as the sun rises’, Playa Las Ballenas, Dominican Republic 

2018  ‘Extraction/Exposure Ladder’, Untitled, Lagos, Nigeria


2023   Alayo Akinkugbe, A Black History of Art for South London Gallery


2023   DADA Magazine Issue 2


2023  An evening with DADA Gallery 


2021    Maxivive, Online
             Zine Editor and Layout Design 

2020  SeamlessHR Lagos, Nigeria
             Office Fit Out 

            Wallpaper* London
             Interiors Assistant 

2019    ArtX Lagos, International Art Fair, Lagos, Nigeria 

            Todd Gray LA

             A Whitespace Creative Agency, Lagos Nigeria
             Creative Director Assistant 

2018   Murphy Burnham and Buttrick Architects, New York
             Junior Interior Designer (2018-2019)

2017    Farshid Moussavi Architecture

2024    Es Devlin Studio
             Junior Associate Designer


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