Rolling Footage, Karl Ohiri
Rolling Footage is an experimental short video that aims to shed light on what daily commuting is like for many of the physically impaired people of Lagos. Primarily shot around the Balogun Market Area on Lagos Island the film focuses on a subject that suffers from lower limb loss whose primary method of transport is a self-built 'skate-board'. The film comprises of two videos that run simultaneously in split screen format. The left video documents the process of the subject constructing his skate-board, while the right video captured by two subjects documents a first person and second person perspective of navigating the city on their boards.
Shot exclusively on a GoPro camera worn by the subjects the video provides a visual perspective of Lagos that is rarely seen, one that brings the viewer literally closer to the subjects world and gives insight into the daily struggles and triumphs of the many people that inhabit Lagos with such disabilities. The subjects in the film live and work around the site where the Lagos Biennial will be held, thus the work aims to create a bridge that connects the art experience to an under-represented aspect of everyday Lagos life, prompting a dialogue that questions city planning, social welfare and individual empowerment.
Rolling Footage will premiere at the 2nd Edition of the Lagos Biennial 2019 entitled: How To Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine? Inspired by lines from Nigerian writer Akeem Lasisi's poem "A Song For Lagos," the biennial's title calls to mind the lagoons and waterways, that founded the city; the centuries-long histories of trade that have transformed Lagos; and daily herculean and inconceivable activities that support Lagos's burgeoning metropolis.
Rolling Footage - is supported by the New Art Exchange and forms part of their international initiative entitled Here There and Everywhere - looking beyond the surface to artistically explore key states of existence and realities.
Part of Lagos Biennial, 26 October - 30 November 2019.
Image: Still from the video Rolling Footage – 2019
Eastside Projects, Lady Skollie
The exhibition reimagines the history of people of "so-called coloured descent", in which they're led to a promised land free of ignorance and self hatred. Lady Skollie treads joy, ritual, sex and pain into a new body of Papsak Propaganda wallpaintings, performance, and drawn, printed and painted works on paper.
28 September - 14 December 2019
Public Preview: Friday 27 September 2019, 6-8pm
From The Artist Mouth: Saturday 28 September 2019, 2-3.30pm
Papsak Propaganda Performance as part of Birmingham Weekender in Digbeth, Friday 4 October, 7pm start
Does Anybody Leave Heaven?
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Mimesis – African Soldier
Mimesis: African Soldier is a new multi-screen installation by artist John Akomfrah that remembers the millions of African and colonial soldiers, labourers and carriers who served in the First World War. Projected onto three screens, the artwork combines newly created film, shot by Akomfrah in locations around the world, a powerful sound score and historic footage that speak to the African experience of the First World War. The work is co‐commissioned by New Art Exchange, Nottingham, Smoking Dogs Films and 14‐18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary, with additional support from Sharjah Art Foundation. Read more >>
Africa State of Mind
Africa State of Mind, curated by Ekow Eshun with New Art Exchange, explores the work of an emergent generation of photographers from across the African continent. 16 artists from 11 different countries interrogate ideas of 'Africanness' through highly subjective renderings of life and identity on the continent, along the way revealing Africa to be a psychological space as much as a physical territory; a state of mind as much as a physical location. The exhibiting artists are: Emmanuelle Andrianjafy, Sammy Baloji, Raphaël Barontini, Neil Beloufa, Girma Berta, Eric Gyamfi, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Lebohang Kganye, Namsa Leuba, Michael MacGarry, Sabelo Mlangeni, Mimi Cherono Ng'ok, Musa N Nxumalo, Ruth Ossai, Athi Patra Ruga and Michael Tsegaye. Read more >>