Ekene is a conceptual artist living and working in NYC and Boston. He creates artworks at the intersections of life experiences and data studies, poetic acts and analytic insights, and aesthetic quality and social efficacy. His artworks embody social issues and expose the systems affecting us as individuals. He engages with topics and mediums ranging from a website visualizing racial inequality in the design industry to a music performance/sound-reactive light installation sonifying mass incarceration.
Ekene’s work has been commissioned and presented by venues and events including MoMA, Kennedy Center, Design Museum, Istanbul Design Biennial, Fondation EDF, Annenberg Space for Photography, Neuberger Museum of Art, and Storefront for Art and Architecture. He’s been featured in What Can Design Do’s 31 Designers Fighting for a Better World, GOOD'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". Recently, he was appointed as an assistant professor, founder and director of the Poetic Justice research group at MIT Media Lab. He also received a 2019 Creative Capital award. Previously, he was a visiting professor of Architecture at the SAIC.