“Alternative Africa,” a travelling exhibition by photographer Kemi Akin-Nibosun, opens in Lagos at the Alliance Francaise, June 14.
The photo exhibition, Akin-Nibosun’s first, showed in Abuja May 13, closing a week later. It shows selections from the photographer’s oeuvre from 2010 through to 2014 with images projecting, perhaps as response to depictions of the continent and its inhabitants, an “alternative African in an alternative Africa.”
“Alternative Africa” will be curated by Jude Anogwih, artist and lecturer at School of Art, Design and Printing, Yaba College of Technology.
According to a statement released for the exhibition, the photographer’s work explores “the relationship between collage and the anaglyphic effects of 3D cinematography.”
Akin-Nibosun, influenced by German Dada collage artist Hannah Hoch and the Austrian abstract painter Arnulf Rainer, takes as her subject the connection between socio‐political issues and personal connections, working “through different African cities, in a desire to re‐imagine the possibilities of her environment.”
Although this marks her debut, the artist is not without accolade: Last year, Akin-Nibosun won the Best Photograph category at the Life in My City contest which held in different states in the country.
The travelling exhibition closes in Lagos, June 28; and then heads to Enugu for a final showing in August.
Below, photos from the forthcoming exhibition: