Early this year, we made a pact to go out more often. Attend shows, visit more places, and see more of what the ‘artsy’ scene in Lagos has to offer. It may sound weird (or not), but you know those people who prefer staying indoors with Internet, food, electricity and maybe sometimes, friends to crack them up? That’s us, and it’s a much better bargain than having to get dressed, and driving through Lagos traffic under the hot sun.
So on Friday the 13th March, we overcame every temptation (counting the unexpected rain and every discouraging thing in between) to cancel our trip to Rele.
Rele is a contemporary art gallery that opened recently in Lagos, right in the middle of the commercial buildings that dominate the historical zone of Onikan. It’s like a diamond in the dust, one you can’t miss. But that’s a story for another post.
Zainabu Jallo’s exhibition, my Street Economics was first mentioned in our second weekend mashup, and we were excited to see it live.
My Street economics is a sub project under an on-going project; Dadin Kowa: Our Utopia. It explores everyday lives of the “supposed” majority who live under a USD a day. The exhibition showed photographs of women, up and about with healthy doses of determinism to make daily income from trading, crushing stones and cooking in the open with no form of shelter. Accompanying each photograph are snippets of each character’s story; women who economists, social scientists and the likes have labeled as “less privileged“.
In speaking to some of these women, the project strives to achieve a balanced, (hopefully) two dimensional reportage accompanied with text briefs from interviews. And that’s how My Street Economics came into being: Faces and capsules of story.
Sadly, the exhibition ended on 22nd, but there’s a line up of upcoming exhibitions throughout the year at Rele. One even starts today, it’s called the ‘Lagos: Hustle and Hope’ exhibition series and features talented photographers based in Lagos, who have, either in the course of personal adventure and/or career, travelled the length and breadth of city, capturing the beauty and unexpected moments. You should check it out. Address is: 5 Military Street, Onikan Lagos. (Google maps is your friend, we almost got lost the first time)