Nigerian photographer and actor, Bolaji Alonge, is set to present ‘Greener Pastures’, an exhibition which features the challenges affecting rural communities of Lagos state.
Alonge, in a statement ahead of the exhibition scheduled to commence September 16 said it aims to amplify the challenges faced by communities living along the Lagos Lagoon, with a view to seek for help for residents
He explained that although the communities are “very close to the beating heart of the Nigerian economy, they lack access to health, water and education”, adding that “water hyacinth, a beautiful disaster, has taken over the lagoon and severely limits mobility and trade”.
Alonge, who is is popular with his “Eyes of a Lagos Boy” project said “Greener Pastures” exhibition is initiated alongside Sola Otori and others and is billed to take place at Didi Museum in Lagos.
According to him, the 10-day event will commence with a press view on September 16 while an opening reception and kids play featuring art as well as photography are scheduled to hold two days later.
The exhibition which elapses September 26, will feature photography, video documentary and painting, he said.
He said: “This project started in January 2018 and is the result of a collective desire to contribute to a better future for these communities. The challenges faced by locals are universal, while being compounded by external factors. We were also inspired by artists such as Claude Monet and his water lilies, Venice and its water ambulances, and parallels between the water shrines and the Itsukushima Shrine in Japan.
“The documentary captures never-seen images of these communities and gives a platform to its inhabitants. The beauty of the art works is in sharp contrast with the stark reality of these villagers, invisible as a result of predatory seaweed and lack of political will. It is a call for help, an alarm signal that cannot be ignored.”