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Multidisciplinary Visual Artist And Activist, Adejoke Tugbiyele


Adejoke Aderonke Tugbiyele is a Nigerian-American multidisciplinary visual artist and activist. She is known primarily as a sculptor, performer, and filmmaker, but has also worked in painting, drawing, and textiles. Her work deals with issues of human rights, queer rights, and women's rights. She lives in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Adejoke Aderonke Tugbiyele was born December 4, 1977, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. In early childhood, she moved with her family to Lagos, Nigeria. In high school, she returned to New York City to attend the High School of Art and Design. She identifies as queer. Tugbiyele has a B.S. degree (2002) in architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology; and an M.F.A. degree (2013) from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

Tugbiyele's work has been influenced by artists including El Anatsui, Fela Kuti, Ai Weiwei, Kara Walker, Zanele Muholi, and Rotimi Fani-Kayode. Tugbiyele has been affiliated with the Nigerian NGO, Initiative for Equal Rights which provides emergency assistance to LGBT Nigerians. She has served as a United States-based representative for the Solidarity Alliance for Human Rights, a coalition of Nigerian organizations working for human rights, queer rights, and activism, and to fight against HIV/AIDS. Her work is in various public museum collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw.

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