Artist’s Project: Karo Akpokiere


Es gibt kein Leben ohne Liebe employs a series of sketches, photographs, and drawings—perforated for easy removal by readers—that explore the challenges to a relationship created by shuttling between two very different cultures.

Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Karo Akpokiere received a diploma in graphic design from the Yaba College of Technology in 2006. His first solo exhibition was “26/365: An Exhibition of Illustrated Letters” at the Goethe-Institut, Lagos, Nigeria, in 2011, and he has since been included in group exhibitions around the world, including the 56th Venice Biennale, “All of the World’s Futures” (2015); “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design” at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany (2015); and a forthcoming exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Akpokiere lives and works in both Lagos and Berlin.