Comprising two films shot on location in Nigeria, this new commission by Ayo Akingbade builds on the artist's interrogations of history and place, addressing the interwoven histories of industrialisation, colonisation and family.
Ayo Akingbade works predominantly with moving image, addressing notions of power, urbanism and stance. Interested in the fluid boundaries between the self and the other, she explores local and cultural experience in intimate and playful ways.
Ayo Akingbade is an artist, writer, and director based in London. Selected screenings and exhibitions include: A Glittering City: Ayo Akingbade with Duchamp & Sons, Whitechapel Gallery, London; An Infinity of Traces, Lisson Gallery, London (both 2021); Towner International Biennial, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2020); No News Today, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2019); and Urban Rhapsodies, Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York (2017). Her work has been shown at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, among others.
Produced by Chisenhale Gallery and Spike Island, Bristol and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery, Spike Island, The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.
The commission and its acquisition by the Whitworth, The University of Manchester collection, are made possible with Art Fund support.
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