REMAINS - 2016
After being united back with his grandfathers car against all odds in 2015, Ohiri and Hasan travelled back to Nigeria to bring the car back to the UK in 2016. Ohiri's intention was to travel to the ancient city of Benin and smelt the car into a cube. This action would take the car out of the band of 'scrap metal' which was used as its demise in 2011 and into that of an ambiguous art object.
However, when they got to Benin they quickly discovered that the furnaces were not capable of melting steel and would have to come up with another plan. With time and options running out Ohiri decides to transform the car into an art piece by dissecting the car into squares then reassembling it back into three patchwork pieces light enough to transport back to the UK that would go unnoticed by customs and officials.
The resulting sculplture entitled What Remains has come to symbolise a monumental journey in the cars life. From surviving the Biafra War to its 5 year captivity in Onne, its presence on UK soil has become an artistic statement that highlights the challenges of migration, the consequences of past legacies and the human desire to keep ones history alive.
Title: What Remains
Material: Welded Steel
Dimensions: 75 x 75 cm x 3
HD Video - Run Time: 13:30 secs