Shanty Mega-structures: Makoko Canal
Olalekan Jeyifous’s artwork is strongly rooted in “borrowed and invented narratives”. More often than not these narratives explore comprehensive constructions of urban Utopias/ Dystopias that deal with the interstices of architecture, emerging technologies, and culture; anchoring them with a direct relevance to contemporary social issues in ways that communicate their participation in, and alienation from the larger world.
Available in an archival fine art print [Edition of 25]
"Shanty Mega-structures" juxtapose sites of privileged and much coveted real-estate throughout Lagos, Nigeria with colossal vertical settlements representing marginalized and impoverished communities. It's a visual conversation on how slums are frequently viewed as unsightly eyesores to be bull-dozed at worst and ignored at best, leaving their inhabitants completely displaced. So in this instance the dispossessed are given prominence and visibility through an African, Eco-futurist vision.
Digital media on Archival Matte Paper, 16" x 24"
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