Exploring a Void
50 x 60 cm, Photographic Print in frame, Lagos, 2016.
Dilemma of a New Age I
Digital photographic print (ink jet), 67 x 100 cm, Aba 2012
Dilemma of a New Age II
Digital Photographic Print, 67 x 100 cm, Abuja 2015.
Digital photographic print, 50 x 75cm, Lagos 2016.
Light Switch, Abuja 2015
Digital photographic print, 67 x 100cm, Abuja 2016
My Head is the Size of my World
Digital photographic print, 70 x 175cm, Lokoja 2016
Baba Ijebu (Hope Merchandise)
Digital Photographic Print (Ink Jet), 85 x 200 cm, Lagos 2017.
Halloween Man of Hasenheide. Berlin, 2015
Digital photographic print, 2m x 6m, Berlin, 2016.
And My Shadow Went Ahead of Me Into The Future.
Digital photographic print, 2m x 6,6m, Abuja 2016
Looking Out (Diptych), Marzahn - Berlin, 2014
Rose and Concrete I
Digital photographic print, Sarajevo 2016
A Manual of Instruction
Digital photographic print, 70cm x 165cm, Berlin, 2018
Digital photographic print, 68 x 200 cm, Berlin, 2018
Digital photographic print, 80 x 120 cm, Bijlmer-Amsterdam 2017
A Study of Things I (Kettle and Stool for observing Wudu)
Digital photographic print, 80 x 100 cm, Ferkessedougou 2014
Often times, when we make references to a border, it is in relation to an outward physical quality that imposes one form of limitation or the other, be it in our everyday lives or in the more institutionalised context of borders between nations. A visual rendition of a border might lead us to conjure a thick mass of matter the size of one’s imagination obscuring further vision or the possibility of a more distant horizon. A border is that which becomes tangible as a function of various categories of binary associations (self/other, black/white, male/female, First World/Third World, Capitalism/Socialism, etc). All these forms by which this rigidity manifests have sculpted our imagination of borders into that which separates - that which something stops.
However, one can invariably say that within these dichotomies, a space opens up. It is an In-Between space which, in Homi Bhabha’s words can "provide the terrain for elaborating strategies of selfhood – singular or communal – that initiate new signs of identity, and innovative sites of collaboration, and contestation”.
This body of work grapples with the navigation of this space, not as much as to understand as to inhabit it. Through constructed images, I seek to articulate and (de)construct certain positioning, tensions, frictions, and new sensibilities inherent in effervescent nature of this interstitial space, but also to question the singular notion of appearance and recognition. These works situates themselves at the borderline of conflicting contexts/concepts of social formations as in the case of Amsterdam/Bijlmer (The Netherlands) , Berlin/ Marzahn (Germany), the Serb/Croat/Muslim (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Nigeria/Biafra (Nigeria) dynamics or broadly in dichotomies such as self/other and Africa/West.
In this light, the works are residues of ongoing reflections on the notion of perpetual movement, displacement, politics of the black body within heavily contested socio-cultural conflations; and exploration of pluralities within the construction of appearances and recognition – all of which constitute the discursive components of the In-between Space.
For more details on the In-between Space, see my essay on the subject: “Exploring A Void - The Middle Ground”