Alongside setting the artistic direction for the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Umolu is currently working on a number of upcoming projects at the Logan Center Gallery including exhibitions with Candice Lin, Mariana Castillo Deball, and Karthik Pandian and Andros Zins-Browne. Umolu is also leading a multi-year research project, public program and online platform that explores the history of Pan-Africanism and its articulation in the art and culture of the contemporary African diaspora.
As an independent curator, Umolu is working on an upcoming exhibition at e-flux and Participant, Inc. in New York centered on the writings of German novelist, poet and self-taught ethnographer Hubert Fichte (1935–1986). Umolu's project is part of the three-year exhibition and publication project titled Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology initiated by The Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin and the Goethe Institute, and led by Diedrich Diederichsen and Anselm Franke.
Selected curatorial projects and publications:
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago
Karthik Pandian and Andros Zins-Browne: Atlas Unlimited (2019)
Candice Lin: A Hard White Body, A Porous Slip (Fall 2018)
Mike Cloud: The Myth of Education (2018)
Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado: Divine Violence (2017)
Kapwani Kiwanga: The sum and its parts (2017)
[Publication: Umolu, Yesomi and Verna, Gaëtane (eds), Kapwani Kiwanga, Structural Adjustments, University of Chicago Press (2018)]
Retrogarde (2016) with Caroline Bergvall, Brendan Fernandes, Samson Kambalu, Matthew Metzger, Catherine Sullivan and Samson Young, among others.
Larry Achiampong: OPEN SEASON (2016)
So-called Utopias (2015) with Jonathas de Andrade, Sammy Baloji, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Sreshta Rit Premnath and Melanie Smith
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University
Material Effects (2015) with Bernard Akoi-Jackson, Jelili Atiku, Ibrahim Mahama, Antje Majewski and Issa Samb, Otobong Nkanga, and Zohra Opoku
Christopher Cozier: Entanglements
Focus: Pao Houa Her
John Akomfrah: Imaginary Possessions (2014)
The Land Grant: Forest Law, a project by Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares (2014)
[Publication: Umolu, Yesomi, The Land Grant: Forest Law. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University (2014)]
Emeka Ogboh: Àlà (2014)
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
The Museum of Non Participation: The New Deal, a project by Karen Mirza and Brad Butler (2013)