Medina Dugger (b. Corpus Christi, Texas) is an art photographer from California, based in Lagos, Nigeria since 2011. She studied at Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris, France. Following four years as a project coordinator/co-curator for the African Artists’ Foundation and LagosPhoto Festival, Medina turned her full attention to photography. Through collage and photography, her work seeks to bypass the singular storylines common to Nigeria and Africa, instead focusing on themes both contemporary and timeless including acculturation, ethnocentrism, cultural homogenization, globalization, identity, tradition, modernity, imagination, the female form and style. Her work challenges Western preconceptions on race, color and perceptions of "otherness".
Her photographic work has been featured in Vogue, Smithsonian Magazine, Something We Africans Got, CNN Africa, De Volkskrant, Dazed, Refinery 29, Design Indaba, Marie Claire SA, Konbini, Infringe, Heaps Magazine, De Standaard, and Ours Magazine, among others.
Medina is represented by Art Twenty One in Lagos.
PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITIONS / AWARDS
2019 CAP Prize Finalist for series 'Enshroud'
2019 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Feb 14-17, ft. Chroma
2018 Untitled, Art Miami via Edelman Gallery, Chroma
Finalist for the PHmuseum 2018 Women Photographers Grant
Winning placement in The Prix de la Photographie, Paris (P×3) 2018
IAF Basel, 7th Festival of Contemporary Art, (Chroma), Sept 1-16, Basel, Switzerland
Group Exhibition, "How So You See Me", (Chroma) Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago Illinois, Sept 7- Oct 27
Voies Off Festival in Arles (Chroma), The Best of LensCulture: Volume 2, July 2018
Chemins du patrimoine en Finistère, Les Balades, Photographiques De Daoulas Medina Dugger (Chroma): Ville de Daoulas March 29 - Nov 4th and J.D. Okhai Ojeikere (Hairstyles): Abbaye de Daoulas March 29 - January 6th, 2019
2017 First Prize Magnum Photography Award 'Open' Category
Lensculture Portrait Award 'Juror's Pick'
Odessa/Batumi Photo Days Festival
2016 Bozar Expo, Brussels, Belgium, Group Exhibition 'Dey Your Lane', featuring Funhouse
2012 LagosPhoto Festival, Seven Days in the Life of Amos
2011 African Artists' Foundation Female Artists' Group Exhibition, Memory
2011 Spéos Group Exhibition, Galerie Arlatino, Arles France, Boxed
2010 Winner of Challenge Monal French Fencing Federation Photography Competition
2003 Honorable Mention, Lucie International Photography Awards
CREATIVE / CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE
2018-ongoing Co-Founder Lagos, Nigeria based company artoja.org
2015-2017: Nominator for Prix Pictet, International Award for Photography
2013-2014: Co-Curator, LagosPhoto @ Joburg Art Fair
2012: Co-Curator, LagosPhoto @ GRID Bi-Annual International Photography Festival
2011-2014: Curator, African Artists' Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria
2011-2014: Co-Curator, LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos, Nigeria
2010 Spéos Photographic Institute, Paris France
2011 Internship with Philippe Bachelier & Sebastião Salgado