Emmanuel Iduma – Season 5, Episode 1

In the first episode of Season 5, Lauren Wetmore speaks with Nigerian critic Emmanuel Iduma. He reads from “Mileage from Here: Nine Narratives,” published in Todd Webb in Africa (Thames & Hudson, 2021), an exceptional presentation of Webb’s previously lost photographic work, in which Iduma chose a selection of photographs and wrote directly and imaginatively both to and of them. Iduma insists on his genre-bending approach to narrative art writing as presenting “a third, or shared, space between images and text.”

Emmanuel Iduma is the author of A Stranger’s Pose, a travel memoir. His essays and art criticism have been published in The New York Review of Books, Aperture, Best American Travel Writing 2020, Artforum, and Art in America. His honors include a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation grant for arts writing, the inaugural Irving Sandler Award for New Voices in Art Criticism from AICA-USA, the C/O Berlin Talent Prize for Theory, and a Silvers Grant for Work in Progress. I Am Still with You, his memoir on the aftermath of the Nigerian civil war, is forthcoming from Algonquin (US), and William Collins (UK).

We wish to thank Jacob Irish (Editor), Mitra Shreeram (Assistant Producer), and Chris Andrews (Sales Director and Podcast Design).

Thanks especially to Emmanuel Iduma for his contribution to this season. And thank you to Sobey Award  for their support.

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