Re-Imaging Futures: A Trans-Nigerian Conversation

22 January 2019 | by Marie-Laure Kamatali, Emeka Okereke

Through photography, film, writing and conversations, Nigerian artists question the borders within and beyond which Nigerianness exists.

Between Feb 9th and March 9th, 2019, the Nigerian Railway Corporation Yard, Yaba Lagos will host Re-Imaging Futures: A Trans-Nigerian Conversation; an art exhibition that showcases works created during the “Borders Within” Trans-Nigerian road trip projects of 2016 and 2017.

Assembled by the Invisible Borders Trans-African Photographers Organisation, twelve Nigerian photographers, writers and filmmakers travelled in two groups for a total of 81 days with an ambitious goal: to decipher if ever it was possible to escape what one has been named, in this case, Nigeria, a mishmash of over 250 distinct ethnic groups.

Through the mediums of photography, prose and film, each artist created an exhaustive body of work on what it means to be Nigerian. Opening on Feb 9th, the resulting exhibition will also serve as the background for two public conversations held at the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MoCA),  Lagos.

On Feb 12th, the panel On Re-Imaging Futures: Legacy will consider the beginnings of art collectives in Nigeria; the panellists are members of Depth of Field, a Nigerian photography collective funded in 2001. Working since a time when photography was scarcely accepted as an art in Nigeria, D.o.F is a crucial custodian of the history and trajectory of photography in Nigeria.

On Feb 13th, the panel Re-Imaging Futures: Future Images will interrogate art and Nigerianness today by way of discussions regarding contemporary issues seen through the experiences of artists and administrators active in the art world today with considerable international and local following.

Anchored by the public discussions, the exhibition hopes to achieve a fuller and rounder narrative while also educating and stimulating the audience on their understanding of and relationship with Nigeria.


Key Info

  • The exhibition opening reception is by 4pm to 7pm, February 9, 2019.
  • The exhibition opens everyday from Febraury 10 to March 9, 2019 by 10am and closes by 6pm.
  • The venue for the public programs is Museum of Contemporary Arts, Lagos. 2/5 Idowu Ajao Street, Anthony Village, Lagos.
  • Re-Imaging Futures: Legacy will hold on 12th of February, 2019 from 3pm.
  • Re-Imaging Futures: Future Images will hold on 13th of February, 2019 from 3pm.


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