Ekene Ijeoma is a Nigerian–American artist, designer, visiting professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and fellow at The Kennedy Center and Urban Design Forum

He's featured in GOOD's GOOD 100 "tackling pressing global issues,” Adweek's Creative 100 "visual artist whose imagination and intellect will inspire you," and GDUSA's People to Watch "who embody the spirit of the creative community."

2017–NOW
Deconstructed Anthems
is an ongoing music performance and sound-reactive light installation in which a self-playing piano and music ensemble deconstruct the Star-Spangled Banner, repeating it multiple times, removing notes at the rate of mass incarceration, and ending in silence. Donate

 
Featured a jazz trio including Emmy-winning pianist Kris Bowers, Blue-note recording artist/trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and Grammy-nominated bassist Burniss Earl Travis • Commissioned by Day for Night in Houston • Curated by Alex Czetwertynski • Researched in partnership with Vera Institute of Justice • Featured in Pigeons and PlanesVibe MagazineInterview MagazineThe Art NewspaperHyperallergic


2017

Heartfelt is an interactive light installation which prompts participants to use their bodies as conductors to close the circuits between lights. Video 1 • Video 2


Commissioned by Panorama for The Lab. 


2017

Wage Islands: Immigrants is a sculpture which submerges a topographic map of NYC underwater to visualize where low-wage immigrant workers can afford to rent.


Commissioned by Pratt Manhattan Gallery for You Are Here NYC: Art, Information, and Mapping • Curated by Katharine Harmon and Jessie Braden • Researched in partnership with Pratt SAVI.




2017

The Ethnic Filter is a website which blurs your image to visualize racial inequality in the design industry. Website


Commissioned by AIGA for Design Census • Featured in Fast Company DesignDezeenDomusElle Decor Italia