2011 Blog Posts

Images from Khartoum, Sudan

Posted: November 29, 2011 at 11:45 am

Emeka Okereke:  Emeka has been preoccupied by what he calls ‘fragments of moments.’ Nana says there is a poetic stillness in his work.                     Jumoke Sanwo Jumoke’s project on the trip has been the ‘Faces Project.’ For more on Jumoke’s project, read her conversation with Emmanuel.     […]

Listening for The Unspoken (1) – Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: November 29, 2011 at 1:52 am

Our work in Khartoum is as big as finding anthropological details, and probably bigger.  Which means we must be careful to ask questions in order to understand better; I consider it a crime to make photos of people for the simple reason that they are photogenic, or that their faces or dresses or workplaces are […]

Khartoum: Wide City Work – Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: November 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm

We woke with the determination to make an open city our workspace. The experience of the previous night was still fresh; particularly, I was interested in investigating the modes in which Khartoum had, despite reaching out for modernity, retained its past. Good enough, our encounters were laced with historical anecdotes and references to Khartoum’s past. […]

Khartoum: Receptive Terrain – Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: November 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Just as I began to write this, the noise of passing trucks on the road beneath our window ceased, and the noiselessness made me think of the words I had once seen, “No two days are the same.” Khartoum emphasizes these words, in ways I will speak of, and how different it is from other […]

N’djamena, Tchad to Khartoum, Sudan: A Photo Essay

Posted: November 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Images: Emeka Okereke, Ray-Daniels Okeugo, Jumoke Sanwo, Kemi Akin-Nibosun & Emmanuel Iduma Text: Emmanuel Iduma In telling our Tchadian story, I begin with the following premise: Our constant challenge was to find a way to see – to feel, to work – that shares rather than manipulates. It was a hoax, this. We are travelling these places without […]

Jos, Nigeria to N’djamena, Tchad: Images

Posted: November 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Visitors, Not Strangers – Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: November 18, 2011 at 3:24 am

There are two stories to be told – the Nigerian Embassy story, and the Tchadian Police story. But these stories, of course, are being told from a visitor’s eye, the outlook of a first-timer in Tchad. I am preoccupied , deeply, with how to feel at home in N’djamena. It could be argued that I […]

Emmanuel in conversation with Kemi on her Project

Posted: November 16, 2011 at 2:54 am

Emmanuel Iduma: What is your project about? Kemi Akin-Nibosun: My project is about imposing; I mean it’s about being in Invisible Borders and what Invisible Borders is about. Invisible Borders is about crossing several borders and forming relationships. My work relates to this because I am part of Invisible Borders, I am part of going into these […]

Nigeria to Tchad (2) – Wide Lens View (A Photo Story)

Posted: November 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Images: Tom Saater Text: Emmanuel Iduma (1)  1. Jumoke stands beside the man whose black market we patronized (Naira to CFA). Of course, he did this at an exorbitant rate. Sometimes, it is rational to think of a single African currency. (2)  2. In currency conversion mode – Jumoke using her phone’s calculator as I […]

Nigeria to Tchad (1) – How Nigeria became reduced to a borderline by Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: November 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I regret that the inconvenience of travelling has hampered my intention to write daily; I am guilty of assumptions, thinking that as long as I have a computer, fingers, and a table, writing would be a continuous, even if tedious, affair. But, things change. I admit that it is difficult in the face of inconsistency […]

Emmanuel in a Conversation with Jumoke on her project “Photo 4 U”

Posted: November 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Emmanuel Iduma: So basically I’ll like to know what your project is about, what you will like to do, simply. Jumoke Sanwo: My personal project is called ‘Photo for you’ and it is basically me going around photographing people and also having them have a copy of the photograph taken. Because, usually when you go […]

Those Who Seek Exceptions Will be Safe (by Emmanuel Iduma)

Posted: November 10, 2011 at 7:09 pm

There are those who consider us foolhardy, judging that we are insecure from far-flung distances. They speak of the insecurity of our journey without having travelled the roads we are travelling – and the gist is that there are more people who are on this side of the those-parts-are-insecure divide than those who are on […]

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