Medina by: Ruggero Arena 



Medina Dugger (b. Corpus Christi, Texas) is an artist 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, video 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 work has been featured in Vogue, Smithsonian Magazine, Something We Africans Got, CNN Africa, De Volkskrant, Dazed, Refinery 29, Design Indaba, Marie Claire SA, among other publications and has been purchased by the General Mills and Fondation Zinsou art collections. 


Medina is represented by Art Twenty One in Lagos. 



2019 Group Exhibition, Floor One Nine, at Art Twenty One Lagos

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



2018-ongoing Co-Founder Lagos, Nigeria based company

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

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