A Sum of Encounters will be a year-long blog featuring intimate portraits of artists based in Nigeria and/or the United States. Each portrait will be developed following studio visits and lengthy conversations, culminating in short narrative essays that elucidate the triangular relationship between artist, artwork, and history.

Emmanuel Iduma, born and raised in Nigeria, is the author of the novel The Sound of Things to Come (first published as Farad in Nigeria) and co-editor of Gambit: Newer African Writing. He has contributed essays on art and photography in Guernica, ARTNews, Aperture, the Brooklyn Rail, and the British Journal of Photography. He is the editor of Saraba magazine, which he co-founded, and a faculty member of the MFA Art Writing Program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He co-curated the Nigerian Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. A Stranger’s Pose, his travelogue, is forthcoming from Cassava Republic Press in 2018.