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Medina by: Changbong Han & Ruggero Arena 

MEDINA SAGE DUGGER BIO (b. Corpus Christi, Texas, USA) 


Medina is a visual artist and photographer from New Mexico who studied photography in Paris, France at Spéos Photographic Institute (2010). She pursued photographic arts after working for 4 years as a neonatal intensive care nurse. Following her Paris studies, Medina moved to Lagos, Nigeria in 2011 where she lived and worked for a decade as an artist and art curator. Through photography, collage, drawing, printing, painting, video, animated images/nfts, her work weaves together contemporary themes with ancient/indigenous practices, exploring symbolism, the feminine and the role tradition plays in cultural sensibility and identity. Medina’s early photographic career was greatly shaped by her years on the African continent where she sought to undermine negative stereotypes common to Nigeria and Africa. Her photographic work was featured in Vogue, the Smithsonian Magazine, the National Geographic Magazine and she was awarded First Prize by Magnum Photography Award. She's exhibited in international shows and festivals including, Bozar Expo, Untitled Miami, the Investec Cape Town Art Fair.


In 2020, following the pandemic, Medina explored both new artistic mediums and a renewed interest in the healing arts by researching the work of Sorbonne Scholar/Burkina Faso Shaman, Malidoma Patrice Somé (among other experts on indigenous innovation), by training with a 5th generation Usui Tibetan and Incan shamanic reiki master and by studying expressive and ritual arts to further her knowledge on ancient and esoteric themes including: spiritualism, theosophy and anthroposophy. She is currently furthering her artistic studies at the Art Students League of New York.


Medina is represented by Art Twenty One in Lagos and SOART Gallery in Casablanca. 




Fitchburg Art Museum 
General Mills Private Art Collection
Fondation Zinsou, Benin
Angeline Scherf (curator Louis Vuitton Foundation, 2020)



2019     INVESTEC Cape Town Art Fair, Art Twenty One Gallery, solo ft. Chroma: An Ode                         to J.D. Ojeikere (Chroma)


2023     Pensiericorrenti Festival, Puglia, in Valle d’Itria, ft. Enshroud
              Inverted Safari, Manege, St Petersburg Russia, ft. Enshroud


2022     University of Houston, College of Arch & Design, ft. Chroma & Chromatin


2021     Guernsey Photography Festival, ft. Enshroud


2020     Fund for Global Human Rights, Face to Face, London, ft. Enshroud
              Floor One 9, Art Twenty One Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria ft. Chroma


2019     Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), Berlin, ft unVeiled &                                   Queering Spaces
             Art Summit Nigeria, ft. unVeiled


2018    MoAD (Museum of the African Diaspora - A Smithsonian Affiliate), Digitalia San                        Francisco, ft. Chromatin
            Art Miami Catherine Edelman Gallery, ft. Chroma
            IAF Basel Basel Switzerland, ft. Chroma
            Catherine Edelman Gallery, How do you see me now? Chicago, ft. Chroma
            Voies Off Festival, Les Rencontres d’Arles, ft. Chroma
            Les Balades, Photographiques De Daoulas, France. Medina Dugger: Chroma                              (Ville de Daoulas) & J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles (Abbaye de Daoulas)


2017     LagosPhoto Festival, ft video Chromatin
Odessa/Batumi Photo Days Festival ft. Chroma


2016     Bozar Expo, Dey Your Lane, Brussels, Belgium, ft. Funhouse


2012     LagosPhoto Festival, ft. Seven Days in the Life of Amos


2011     African Artists' Foundation ‘Female Artists', ft. Memory
            Spéos, Galerie Arlatino, Arles France, ft. Boxed




2023 MUDEC (publication by Museum of Cultures of Milan) United Rainbow. Bartering                       Hunger with Hope (featured article & text)

2021 The National Geographic Celebrating the proud culture behind Nigerian Hairstyles,                   Print edition, July.

2020 The Guardian UK ft. Enshroud from Face to Face exhibition, Sept.

         Europe Now Journal, Council for European Studies (CES), Enshroud, Jan.

2019 The Guardian UK, A celebration of Muslim women in Lagos – in pictures, Nov.

         Times Literary Supplement (cover image), May.
 A tribute to the gorgeous hairstyles of Nigerian women, May.

         Design Indaba, The African crown reimagined.

         Smithsonian Magazine In Nigeria, the Veil Is a Fashion Statement, Artist Medina Dugger           finds joy in a colorful yet complicated symbol of faith, March.

         Google Arts & Culture ft. Chromatin.

         The Art Momentum Medina Dugger: A kaleidoscope of almost audible colours, March.

2018 Something We Africans Got, Fractales et pratiques culturelles en Afrique.

         BBC News, Chicago: Three artists challenging African-American stereotypes, Sept. 

         Chicago Tribune, Exhibition stares down portrayals of blackness in art history,                           corporate environments, Sept. 

         This is Colossal Nigerian Hair Culture Documented in Rainbow-Hued Portraits by                     Medina Dugger, Aug. 

         Art Africa ft Chromatin (cover) Issue 11, March.

2017   Vogue This Fashion-Forward Musician Is Nigeria’s Coolest Front Row Star, Nov.

           Marie Claire South Africa, ft. Chroma, July. 

           Dazed, Beautiful photos bring ancient hair traditions to the future, July. 

           CNN Africa, June. 

           Collectible Dry Lagos is not a sleepy city, everyone here has somewhere to be pronto!

2014   The New York Times Robert Sherrill, Author Who Skewered Right and Left, Dies at 89,             Aug. 




2018-2020      Co-Founder Lagos, Nigeria based company

2017-Present  Creative Consultant/Contributing Editor Moon Man Magazine for Moon Man                             Studios, UK

2015-Present  Nominator for Prix Pictet, International Award for Photography

2011-2015        Curator, African Artists' Foundation/LagosPhoto festival, Lagos, Nigeria



2024 The Art Students League of New York 

2023 Creative Wellness Service Initiative (CWSI) with the International Expressive Arts                    Therapy Association (IEATA)

2022 Certified 6th generation Usui Tibetan & Incan Q'ero Shamanic Reiki Masters. 

2021  Toronto School of Art

2010  Spéos Photographic Institute, Paris France

2011   Internship with Philippe Bachelier

2006 California State University Fresno, Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Employed                           neonatal intensive care nurse at Valley Children's Hospital 2006-2010


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