About

nwaobiala is a Nigerian-American, queer and agender multi-disciplinary artist and archivist. Their work disassembles and reassembles the Black physical and spiritual being within African historical and cultural contexts. nwaobiala drives conversations about queerness and gender identity within the collective, cultural, and contemporary memory of the African Diaspora.

They are a 2020 Bakanal de Afrique Artist Fellow and a 2020 Kolaj Institute Collage Lab Artist. nwaobiala is the bassist for Nairobi-based band, Something African

He is based in Nairobi, Kenya and uses they/them and he/him pronouns. 

Workshops & Talks:

2020 Artist Talk, Bakanal de Afrique festival 

2020 Intimacy Workshop, Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center 

2020 Breaking the Silence, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia Festival, AfroQueer Podcast

2020 Art Talk, AfroQueer Live Fest 

Exhibitions:

2021 'a new memory', HOME IS AN EXTENSION OF YOU, Virtual

2021 'a new memory', RETROSPECT: Queerantine, Virtual

2020 'a new memory', Bakanal de Afrique, Virtual 

2019 'we are more than bodies', Kioko Mwitiki Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya)

Interviews: 

2021 On Filmmaking, Collaboration, and the Curse of Perfectionism

2021 ‘chasing’ challenges us to radically accept ourselves

2020 Reaching and Reflecting through Art

2019 The Artist Healing the Hidden Traumas of the African Diaspora

Using Format