Fatimah Tuggar was born in Kaduna, Nigeria, in 1967 and currently lives and works in Durham, North Carolina. She attended the Blackheath School of Art in London and received her B.FA. from the Kansas City Art Institute and her M.F.A. from Yale University.

Tuggar's solo exhibitions include Tell Me Again: A Concise Retrospective, Franklin Humanities Center, Duke University, Durham, N.C. (2009); Meditation on Vacation and Conveyance, Bamako Biennale, Mali (2005); Video Room, Art & Public, Geneva (2002); Celebrations, Galeria Joao Graça, Lisbon (2001); At the Water Tap, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York (2000); and Fusion Cuisine & Tell Me Again, The Kitchen, New York (2000).

Group exhibitions include On Screen: Global Intimacy, University of Illinois, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign (2009); Street Art, Street Life, Bronx Museum of the Arts (2008); Interstellar Low Ways, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (2007); Dialectics of Hope, First Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2005); Afrika Remix/Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent, Museum Kunst-Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany (2004); Tempo, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2002); Africaine, Studio Museum in Harlem (2002); EuroAfrica, Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2000); Crossing the Line, Queens Museum of Art, New York (2001); The Passion and the Wave, Sixth Istanbul Biennial (1999); Generation Z, P.S.1 Institute for Contemporary Art, New York (1999); and the Second Johannesburg Biennale, Africus Institute for Contemporary Art (1997).