The Godfather
Beeld 1 / 2   'Being The family Called Corleone' | 2012 | 120x80 cm | photography

Uche Okpa-Iroha’s project depicts his humorous intrusion in forty movie stills from the movie The Godfather, released on the 16th of March 1972. The intervention is a tribute, as well as an investigation into how movies affect both the individual and society. Many movies are based on true stories and facts, re-enacted by actors who, by leaving traces of their own emotions and identities, blur the differences between reality, fantasy and fiction. 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education
Bachelors of Technology Degree in Food Science and Technology (Food Engineering), Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria (1997)

Residencies
2011-2012
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/ Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
2010
“Passages” Residency, Musee des Confluences and Jean Paul Blachere Fondation, Lyon
2010
On Independence and the Ambivalence of promise Residency, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
2008
Photojournalism Workshop, Facilitated by Jide Adeniyi-Jones and organized by Timbuktu Media, Lagos
2005
Apprenticeship at Photo Garage Photography, Lagos
2001
Internship at World Kidney Fund (WKF), National Kidney Foundation (NKF), Singapore

Fellowships and stipends
2012
Tom and Yvonne de Swaan
Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken - ICE

Awards
2011
The National Geographic All Roads Photography Programme (nominated)
2010
‘Growth’ Prix Pictet Award, Paris, France (nominated)
2009
The Seydou Keita Prize for the Best Photographic Creation, Bamako Encounters, ML
2009
Fondation Jean Paul Blachere Prize, Lyon, FR, recipient
2007
Life in My City Art and Photography Competition, Enugu, Nigeria, First Runner up

Memberships
2009 - date
Invisible Borders Trans-Africa Photography Group, member
2006 - date
Black Box Photography Collective, member
2003-2007
International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF), member Education Sub Committee
2001-2003
International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF), member Board of Directors,

Recent exhibitions/projects
2012
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, 'RijksakademieOPEN 2012', (exh.cat.)
2012
Tumble In The Sugar Grass, Galerie Sanaa, Utrecht, NL
2012
Ungovernables (Invisible Borders), New Museum, New York (NY), US
2011
Rijksakademie Open Studios, Amsterdam, NL
2011
African emerging photography, Paris Photo, Paris, FR
2011
Les Nuits de Pierrevert Festival of Photography, Pierrevert, FR
2010
The Idea of Africa (re-invented) #1, Kunsthalle, Bern, CH
2010
Africa: See You, See Me! Lisbon, PT
2010
Uprooting the Gaze: Foreign Places, Familiar Patterns. Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton, GB
2010
Bamako in Toronto Ryerson Gallery and Research Centre, Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, Autograph ABP and The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, CA
2010
Invisible Borders Road Trip Lagos –Dakar Group Project
2010
‘Under Bridge life’: Exhibition of Bamako Encounters, MA
2010
‘Under bridge life’: Exhibition of Bamako Encounters, Johannes Burg, ZA
2010
‘Under Bridge Life’: Exhibition of Bamako Encounters, Brussels, BE
2010
‘Under Bridge Life’: Exhibition of Bamako Encounters, Antwerp, BE
2009
8th Bamako Encounters, Biennial of African Photography, Bamako, ML
2009
Invisible Borders Road Trip Lagos-Bamako Group Project
2009
Second Photo Africa Contest, Exhibition, Tarifa, ES
2009
10th Havana Biennial (Black Box Photography Collective Group Exhibition), Havana, CU
2009
Pride! – Portrait Photography Exhibition, Goethe Institut, Lagos.
2008
Portrait Photography workshop, Goethe Institut, Lagos.
2008
Energy of the City, A CORA Exhibition, Lagos.
2008
Loving Lagos, Exhibition, Berlin, Germany.
2008
First Photo Africa Contest, Exhibition, Tarifa, Spain.
2008
Body landscapes Photography Workshop at the Goethe Institut, Lagos, NG
2008
Paris-Lagos Exchange Project, Workshop and Exhibition, Lagos, NG
2007
Life in My City Art and Photography Exhibition and Competition, Enugum NG
2007
Lagos - City at Work (A group Book Publication)
2007
Nocturnal Vibrations (Black Box Photography Collective) at the Goethe Institut, Lagos, NG
2006
Football Worlds: A Photography workshop/exhibition organized by the Goethe Institut, Lagos, NG