ONLINE PHOTO EXHIBITION EXPLORES THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF COMMUNITIES ACROSS NIGERIA
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British Council Nigeria Next Generation report
The British Council today announced details of Through my eyes, an online exhibition that provides an opportunity for young people in Nigeria to stimulate debate in their communities through art.
In September 2013, teams of Nigerian photographers and writers between the ages of 18 and 35 were invited to submit short stories and pictures that explore their surroundings. Applicants were challenged to produce work that investigated their local communities combining story telling with photography to examine public spaces, inspirational figures and Nigerian identity.
12 teams (comprising a photographer and a writer) were shortlisted from over a hundred submissions and were invited to a 5-day workshop in Lagos facilitated by British photographer Sue Parkman and author Richard T Kelly. Sue and Richard worked with the participants to hone their craft with the hope that the 12 photo essays and stories that have been produced will stimulate debate both locally and in Nigeria as a whole.
A showcase of the works will go online on 14 February and a public vote will begin to decide which team will receive a grant of £2000 to follow up their project with more work.
Connie Price, Director British Council Nigeria, said: “The photographs and stories produced by the contributors to Through My Eyes are fascinating and thought provoking. Our hope is that the project will provide a platform for debate, both online and also in the participant’s communities.”
Miss Wana Udobang, one of the writers featured in Through My Eyes, said: “Artistic innovation is something that has always been of great importance to me. How do story tellers interact with their mediums or how does one medium transcend into the next? For me, being a part of this project the beginning of that process.”
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