Curator: Jean-François Chougnet | Session: Open Call – Screening of competition finalists
A video-performance made at the Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Community, one of the largest low-income communities of Lagos, Nigeria. This community is comprised of layers of earth on top of the lagoon where the diverse population comprised of Egun, Ilaje, Ijaw and Yoruba co-habitate. Its economic structure revolves around the use of water predominantly for fishing, wood logging and boat making. Armed with two megaphones and a repetitive spiel, as a street vendor, the artist traverses the dirt roads. Dressed in white, evoking purity, embodying a saviour position, this body shouts and claims, in Yoruba, to possess all kinds of medicinal plants for all kinds of healing. The artist walks under a soil made of layers and layers of information and history, traversing centuries of a colonial past made of pain and suffering. The woman’s body, white, Portuguese, therefore privileged, reveals itself in a position of exhibition and facilitation, bringing about a discussion of a colonial legacy that does not obliterate racism and slavery.
ICAF – Iwaya Community Art Festival, Lagos, Nigeria