"A Walk" took place in Lagos, Nigeria for eleven days from October 25 - November 4, 2018. It culminated as an installation of decaying plant sculptures and wall drawings at "The secret Life of Plants" exhibition at The Treehouse, an experimental art space in Lagos, Nigeria. Each day I would walk in Yaba a dense metropolitan area in Mainland Lagos, that is know more for its public transportation, people and buildings all jostling for space than for its greenery. I was searching particularly for green, for plants, grass and trees and interested in observing how they adapted to these areas that treated their overgrowth as refuse, decoration or empty space to be built on. I was interested in what my eye would be drawn to pick up during my daily walks and how far I would walk. I was interested to see how this particular environment would affect what I would create and what story "A Walk; Lagos" would tell.
Notes from Day 2 of "A Walk" Lagos;
"As soon as you experience thoughts emotions or actions in a tract of land you find you’re in a landscape” Gibson 2002
Today I’m thinking about -scape. - Scape refers to a wide view of a place. A “scape” is also another word for a flower stalk that arises from the surface of the soil.
A scape is also “the shaft of an animal part such as an antenna or feather”
Light-scapes -Scapes, -Scapes all on top of each other.
Day 2: The secret life of plants #awalkseries #awalkserieslagos
“A Walk” is a conceptual psycho-geographical survey that visually maps the interior and external environment that I traverse to produce a non-traditional narrative. A narrative mechanism that is mobile, interactive and open-ended. A continuous and transient space with no beginning, middle or end, that yields stills, moving images and an assemblage of three dimensional objects from found things I pick up on my “path”. Found things could be sound, it could be video, it could be torn discarded material, a stick or a leaf.
“A Walk” de-centres my authorship and charts my experience as I produce an improvised narrative from/ with the urban environment that surround me. The environment affects what I create, with each step posing questions about the experience of a gendered body and mobility in urban areas, and the growth ways of flora as it is influenced by the urban environment. “A Walk” is about the experience and process of meaning-making that defy linear language within the spaces I encounter.
“A Walk” is an ongoing project that has been located in Lagos, Abuja and Maiduguri, Nigeria. I began to ideate a "A Walk" as a process for visual storytelling after I was awarded a grant by the Open Society Foundation to produce a project that crosses between documentary photography and sculpture to tell a narrative about women's bodies in public space and in the context of the increasing use of female suicide bombers by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.
The images here are from Walks that took place in Lagos, 2018.
Lagos, Nigeria, October 25 - Nov 4, 2018 Photographs, drawings, sculptures, installation This ongoing project was supported by an Open Society Foundation Moving Walls grant.