Born in Kaduna, Nigeria
Raised in Nigeria and United Kingdom
Fatimah Tuggar is a multidisciplinary artist who uses technology as both medium and subject in her work to serve as metaphors for power dynamics. She combines, objects, images and sounds from diverse cultures, geographies and histories to comment on how media and technology diversely impacts local and global realities.
Tuggar’s work has been widely exhibited at international venues, in over twenty-five countries, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, US; Museum Kunst-Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; the 24th Biennial of Graphic Art, Ljubljana Slovenia; and Moscow, Istanbul, Kwangju and Bamako Biennials.
Her works have been the subject of various panels and articles. Her body of work has also been integrated as parts of academic curricula, in diverse disciplines and discussions, including technology, new media, politics, cultural studies, feminism, diaspora, globalization, anthropology, sculpture, photography, and video among others.
Tuggar’s art education covers three continents and a broader range of disciplines, traditions, processes, and materials. She attended the Blackheath School of Art in London, England, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute, a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and conducted postgraduate independent study at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is currently, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Issues of Representation at OCAD University in Toronto.
Tuggar is the recipient of prestigious accolades, such as the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship; the W. A. Mellon Research Fellowship, awarded by the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute; and has produced commissioned works for several art institutions including Tempo Exhibition, Museum of Mordern Art, New York; In Space (Web Art) Grant, Art Production Fund, New York; Nordic Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; Special Commission, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, and In the Public Realm, Public Art Fund, New York.
Industry Expertise (5)
Arts and Crafts
Areas of Expertise (29)
Art and Creativity
Art & Technology
Photography and Image Making
African Arts & Culture
Race & Technology
collage montage asemblage hybridity
Technological Change and Innovation
Issues of Representation
Inclusive Learning Environments
Race Culture and Ethnicity
Black Achievement & Academic Issues
Islam and Modernization
Islam and Muslim Lives
Islam and Muslim Lives in the United States;
Social Justice and Equity
Working Conditions in Academia
Obsolescence in West Africa
Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program: Post Graduate, Studio Art & Critical Theory 1996
New York, New York, United States
Yale University, School of Art: Master of Fine Arts, Fine Art: Sculpture 1995
New Haven, Connecticut, United States Other areas of Study: Photography, Video, Performance, Installation, Digital Media, VR
Kansas City Art Institute: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fine Art – Sculpture 1992
Kansas City, Missouri, United States Other Areas of Study: Drawing, Ceramics, Photography
Blackheath School of Art: Diploma Foundations in Art & Design, Visual Art, Foundations Studies 1986
Holy Family Convent: A Levels 1984
Littlehampton, Sussex, England
Queens College: "O" Levels
Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
Kano Corona: Primary Education
- OCAD University Faculty Association - Board Member
- Working Artists & the Greater Economy – Coalition Member
Media Appearances (3)
School is Out, Far Out
Peter Plagens: The world of the Master of Fine Arts degree, from which the next crop of significant American artists will come.
Artforum International print
Elizabeth Janus: Review of Solo Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland on Technological boundaries between haves and have-nots.
“Fatimah Tuggar at Greene Nafaali
Art in America print
Carol Kino: Long awaited solo exhibition, with photomontage, multimedia sculptures and installation, an apt way of addressing highly multicultural contexts.