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Fatimah Tuggar - OCAD University. Toronto, ON, CA

Fatimah Tuggar

Artist & Assistant Professor of Contemporary Issues of Representation | OCAD University

Toronto, ON, CANADA

artist working with technology as both medium and subject to address issues of social and environmental justice



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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

Audio Visual


Fine Art

Media Production

Areas of Expertise (29)

Art and Creativity

Art Education

Art & Technology

Installation Art


Video Art

Photography and Image Making

African Arts & Culture

Race & Technology

Virtual Reality

collage montage asemblage hybridity

Technological Change and Innovation


Issues of Representation

Inclusive Learning Environments

Race Culture and Ethnicity

Black Achievement & Academic Issues


Northern Nigeria

United States


Islam and Modernization

Islam and Muslim Lives

Islam and Muslim Lives in the United States;

African Dispora

Social Justice and Equity

Enviromental Justice

Working Conditions in Academia

Obsolescence in West Africa

Education (7)

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

Kano, Nigeria

Affiliations (2)

  • OCAD University Faculty Association - Board Member
  • Working Artists & the Greater Economy – Coalition Member

Languages (2)

  • Hausa
  • English

Media Appearances (3)

School is Out, Far Out

Newsweek  print


Peter Plagens: The world of the Master of Fine Arts degree, from which the next crop of significant American artists will come.

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Fatimah Tuggar

Artforum International  print


Elizabeth Janus: Review of Solo Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland on Technological boundaries between haves and have-nots.

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“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.

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