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Ike Francis

Ike Francis is a mixed media artist who incorporates elements of sculpture, installation, and found objects. Born in Lagos in 1970, Ike Francis graduated as a sculptor from the University of Port Harcourt in 1995 and earned an MFA in painting in 2001 from the University of Nigeria, Nssuka. Francis’ artistic practice examines the metaphor of cities and its people through used electronic parts, circuit boards, and computer scraps. He uses these materials to explore the influences of technology and the changes in paradigms, shifting ethos, emergent physiognomy and attitudes. He explores the transformative possibilities of technology as an emergence of alternative global experiences of the human condition, such as alternative citizen’s status, new social connections, extending democracies, new narratives on imperialist manifestations and power relationships within international discourse. Francis has participated in many exhibitions and workshops both in Nigeria and internationally, including the 2008 D’AKAR’T Off (Senegal), Columbus Centre (Canada), the 2010 Bienniale de l’art Africain Contemporain, the Triangle Art Centre (New York), and Nigeria Now: Emerging Trends of Contemporary Art in Nigeria (Miami). He has facilitated artist workshops at the Harmattan Workshop and the “Art is Everywhere” workshop in Enugu, Abuja, and Zaria, and the National Art Competition in Lagos. Francis teaches mixed media, painting, and drawing at the University of Port Harcourt.
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