Nigeria-born artist Fatimah Tuggar (b. 1967) creates startling digital montages that juxtapose scenes from African and American daily life. Her works involve potentially sensitive topics such as ethnicity, technology and post-colonial culture. However Tuggar chooses not to extend a didactic message, but rather to illuminate cultural nuances that go beyond obvious cross-cultural comparison. The earnest yet vibrant colors in her photo-collages enhance the deadpan quality of her technically-savvy work.
Tuggar completed her M.F.A. at Yale University in 1992. Since then she has exhibited internationally at venues such as the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2005), Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (2003), Centre Georges Pompidou (2005), Paris and the Bamako Biennalle, Mali (2003), to name a few. Tuggar has received grants from distinguished institutions such as The Rema Mann Hort Foundation, New York, the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, New York and The Wheeler Foundation, Brooklyn. In 2003 Tuggar was awarded a Special Jury Prize (Le Prix Spécial du Jury) at the African Photography Encounters (Rencontres de la Photographie Africaine), a biennial exhibition in Bamako, Mali.