Ekene Ijeoma is a Nigerian–American artist and designer. He was featured in What Can Design Do’s 31 Designers Fighting for a Better WorldGOOD'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
American Flag
is a short essay which reimagines the American Flag as a living object. Website

 
Commissioned by The Architect’s Newspaper • Curated by Riley Hooker (Facadomy) for Object Lessons series featuring essays from Gaetano Pesce, Nancy Davidson and TAKK Architecture • Illustration by Rad Mora



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 Festival 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 Festival 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.