Nigeria Monarchs by George Osodi11. Oct - 3. Nov 13 / ended Bermondsey Project Space
1pm-6pm, Thursday-Sunday, otherwise by appointment
Extraxt from Artist's Statement by George Osodi:
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture,” said Marcus Garvey, one of the founders of the Pan-Africanism movement in the early 1900s, “is like a tree without roots.”
Documenting and archiving culture is the key to understanding origins and thus developing a sense of identity. Nigeria, one of the largest and most important countries in Africa is rich in traditions and customs, both indigenous and modern as well as many different monarchies. These Kings command great respect /trust from their tribes. Although there is very little known about the many different royalties in Nigeria, they are considered to be a major part of Nigerian history. While there are no official figures of the number of kings in our current period the guess is that they are as many kings as there are tribes. Unfortunately, a lot of the newer generations cannot relate with or identify their traditional rulers. Even today there are many tribal kings in Nigeria, vestiges of a former age their ancient traditions preserved, their wisdom and power still honored. Ancient customs/architecture, and fantastic finery, NIGERIA MONARCHS project will take us into the inner circle of many of these tribes in the person of their king.
The idea behind this project is to travel around this diverse country and go beyond the portraits to explore the subjects environments, being the custodians of our cultural heritage and peace makers, exploring their architecture and fashion with the view to showcase and celebrate them and to mirror the country’s great culture through their personalities. I am of the view especially in this time of sectarian and insecurity crisis, that people generally see the diverse nature among its various people as a strength and not weakness or divide.
Curated and produced by Z Photographic
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