"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 series that explores the relationship between my body and the environment through the act of walking. It is a conceptual and experimental psycho-geographical investigation that maps out and connects my interior musings and the external environment that I traverse. It is a way for me to understand my immediate surroundings by the use of my body moving through space, to create what I loosely define as "documentary".
“A Walk” presents stills, moving images and a collection 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” questions my boundaries, de-centres/fragments my authorship and charts my experience as I attempt to produce narrative from my environment, rather than depending solely on what can be described as fact or research. “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 producing 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 The project was supported by an Open Society Foundation Moving Walls grant.