Exhibition opens Friday 29 April 6.30 - 8.30
In his on going body of work Monochrome Lagos (2013-) photographer Logo Oluwamuyiwa has created an extensive archive of arresting images of urban life in one of the world’s most populated cities. Oluwamuyiwa’s photography strips Lagos of its most recognisable features, as he seeks to uncover what lies beyond the initial dazzle of its intense colour palette and the hum of its unrelenting noise.
Monochrome Lagos today constitutes an expansive digital archive of black and white images that Oluwamuyiwa disseminates through Tumblr and Instagram to audiences across the globe.
As a physical manifestation of the archive, this exhibition of selected works focuses in on a central theme in the Monochrome Lagos series as it asks us to pause for a moment and consider that life in a mega-city, amongst the bustling crowd - is also a solo journey.
At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is
-T.S. Elliot, Burnt Norton 1935
Conceived as an ongoing study rather that a definitive statement, Oluwamuyiwa takes photo-walks across his city in search of the nuances and narratives of Lagos. The artist’s image making draws on both documentary and conceptual modes to combine narrative with an exploration of form as he maps the visual landscape of the city, its architecture and street life.
Recurrent motifs within Monochrome Lagos include theatrical arrangements of outdoor commerce, the human form in juxtaposition with background surface and the play of light and shadow under the city’s harsh, bright sun; the artist says, “it is the most torturous natural element that the resident will have to battle as he or she goes about life outdoors.” Recurrent too are images that capture moments of human isolation in crowded, shared spaces. It’s Also a Solo Journey foregrounds Oluwamuyiwa’s preoccupation with exposing these individual stories.
Opening hours: Friday-Sunday 12-7pm