Femi Amogunla is a multimedia artist who works with stories, photography and film; he specialises in documentary and portrait photography. He first studied English language at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria before a summer training in photography at the Africa Artists Foundation in Lagos.
He is focused on creating experiences through his works. He sees photography as a form of expression which gives him a better understanding of the world. His works show the importance of situating African stories in the global conversations.
He tells stories with pictures and words; through pictures, he reveals the unsaid and with words, the unsaid gets a voice. With each project, he aspires to be true to his subjects such that his works draw the audience into the subject’s world.
In 2012, Amogunla was one of 30 winners of the prestigious 30 Nigeria House project, an initiative of Theatre Royal Stratford East, UK and New World Nigeria. For the project, he developed his well-received poem My Name, My Identity where he praises the beauty of names and Yoruba culture. In 2016, he won the Nigeria Energy Forum Award for his photography.
His short story ‘Waiting for a Lottery’ was one of the three works adapted for stage British Council’s 2nd Lagos Theatre Festival (2014) while his video ‘Letter to a future Manager’ was among the top five videos at the Peter Drucker Global Video Challenge in the same year.
His work “Ibadan, City of Firsts” was exhibited during ICAF Lagos 2018. In 2018, he had his first solo photography exhibition titled “Masks and Masquerades” in Abuja. His work “Three Siblings who Beat 100” was part of “Grey is the New Pink” exhibition at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt Germany. In 2019, he had another solo exhibition titled ‘reYOUnion’ in Abuja.
His works are also online on platforms on Saraba Magazine, Kuramo Reports and in books such as Grey is the New Pink: Moments of Ageing.