Since 2017 Gambo has been working with a group of students in Maiduguri in Northeastern Nigeria to create the Tatsuniya multimedia series. Tatsuniya is an experimental photography and film series that takes place mainly at Shehu Sanda Kyarimi school, Maiduguri, Nigeria extending a collaboration with students of the school who perform in the series. We see the students moving from the classroom to dense green forest in a dream like sequence, extending on an intuitive and improvisational vein using children’s games, poetry and exercises from a “Physical Education book for secondary school students” as a framework for weaving the visual narrative together. The choreographed moving sequences seen in the film were developed during storytelling workshops in 2017 and 2019.
The Tatsuniya Art Collective is a network for the student collaborators in the Tatsuniya series. The collective was founded through the visual storytelling workshops visual artist Rahima Gambo had with student collaborators in the Tatsuniya multimedia series. The collective is made up of the 18 core participants that feature in the photographs and videos in the project. The collective is a gathering space where students in the Tatsuniya series can initiate projects, discuss issues, find support, resources and be sustained in the long-run by the Tatsuniya art project.
- Tatsuniya, 2017 - ongoing - Courtesy line: Rahima Gambo/ Tatsuniya Art Collective Materials: Still images, video, installation, workshops, gatherings Please request for full portfolio