LAGOS STUDIO ARCHIVES (Ongoing)
Lagos Studio Archives is a curatorial/preservation project that consists of thousands of 35mm negatives documenting Lagos studio and vernacular photography from the 1970s to the millennium and beyond. The archive represents a large demographic of Lagos inhabitants and contains a vast range of human emotions from couples in love, to fantasy based projections of the self, all played out for the camera.
The project started in 2015 after the artist discovered that archives were being burnt, destroyed and discarded by a previous generation of photographers who were part of a shift from analogue to digital photography - many opting for the speed and convenience of a digital workflow to meet the demands of a fast paced mega city.
However, through this commercial transition many of the archives were abandoned and left to deteriorate in humid conditions. The artist spent a number of years acquiring the discarded negatives from a number of retired studios, in an attempt to ensure that a valuable cultural history was not erased.
archive hopes to serve as a historical record of Lagos, showcasing
the talent of a generation of photographers who captured the
style, humour and aspirations of everyday Lagosians. The first phase of the projects research was funded by the Arts Council England.