Andrew Esiebo
Photo: Mishka Henner
Photo: Mishka Henner

b. 1978, Lagos

Upon being given a camera in 2000, Nigerian Andrew Esiebo began to teach himself photography. Over the last decade, his portraits have garnered international recognition.

Esiebo’s photographic work is primarily concerned with the lives of Africans, revealing often overlooked subtleties and exploring issues of sexuality, gender politics, football, popular culture, and emigration. His 2010 series Alter Gogo documents a group of South African grandmothers that are members of the Gogo Getters football club. Other projects have documented the lives of a Lagos bouncer, an ex-football star turned Christian missionary, a Zambian sex worker, and a number of LGBTQ Africans. Esiebo’s photographic practice led him to explore video and multimedia work, and in 2007 he created Living Queer African, a film that looks at the life of a young gay Cameroonian man living in Paris.

Esiebo’s work has been shown internationally in group exhibitions such as The Games: Inspiring Images, Lens on Twelve, London (2012); Sharon Stone of Abuja, Location One Gallery, New York (2010); Africa: See You, See Me!, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon (2010, traveled); and Twenty Ten On the Road, Clock Tower Square, Cape Town (2010). He also participated in the 29th Bienal de São Paulo (2010); 8th Rencontres de Bamako (2009); 10th and 11th Bienal de La Habana (2009, 2012); 5th Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography, Bangladesh (2009); and 14th Noorderlicht International Photofestival, Groningen, The Netherlands (2007). His solo exhibitions include Na Go: Aesthetics of African Charismatic Power, Cortile Pensile, Palazzo Moroni, Padova, Italy (2012); and Et si la rue était à l’origine du football, Jardins d’Éole, Paris (2008). Esiebo is a member of the Lagos-based photography collective BlackBox and co-the founder of My Eye, My World, a photography workshop for marginalized children in Nigeria.