Formerly a BBC journalist and TV presenter, Saro-Wiwa has in the last 8 years had numerous exhibitions and screenings at venues such as Montreal Museum, Prospect New Orleans Triennale, Bamako Biennale, Tate Britain, The Walther Collection, Krannert Museum, Blaffer Museum, Arles Photo-Festival, Brooklyn Museum, The Menil Collection, and the Pulitzer Foundation amongst many others. She has had documentary work at numerous film festivals around the world as well as contributed to the New York Times Op-docs series. Her best known documentary This Is My Africa was shown on HBO.
Zina Saro-Wiwa is the founder of Boys’ Quarters Project Space, a contemporary art gallery that opened in 2014 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria where she regularly curates and programs exhibitions that explore the relationship between self and environment. In 2017 she started Mangrove Arts, a new foundation which uses contemporary art and indigenous crafts to foster creative engagement with environmentalism in the Niger Delta. Saro-Wiwa is one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s Global Thinkers of 2016 recognized for her work in the Niger Delta. She was Artist-in-Residence at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn 2016–2017 and in April 2017 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fine Arts.
Zina Saro-Wiwa’s most recent exhibition, The Turquoise Meat Inside, was on view at Tiwani Contemporary, London, and featured video, light box, silk screen print works.