The year 2023, came indeed with a bang! Our theme “Being”, truly came to life with the many interrogations we had throughout the year. Capping it all was our first open call, the photo exhibition, and the EXPOSED! Conference 2023.
We decided to make a summary of the works created by the selected artists and some conference presentations in A BOOK! We are delighted to share this E-book with you. It is a collection of stories from selected artists from our open call, and also some presentations from EXPOSED! Conference 2023.
You can download a Free copy of the e-book here.
About the Book
The Photographer/Artists in the Age of Anthropocene Project was set to interrogate the context of the Age of Anthropocene – Globalization, Urbanization/Migration, and Climate Change. We indeed need to ask if humans see the connections between our actions and inactions as they relate to energy, interact with nature, produce, consume, and organize their daily lives.
These questions came alive through the lens and photo documentation of four participating photographers, David Iloba, Eiseke Bolaji, Iyere Ernest, and Babawale Obayanju, and during EXPOSED! Conference with the presentations that were delivered by the instigators, Nnimmo Bassey, Babawale Obayanju, Edgar Imafidon, Sophie Boullion, Obasola Bamigbola, Bernard Kalu, Yagazie Eguare, Damilola Onafuwa and Emmanuel Ubamadu.
The photographers told the stories of their quest to instigate a consciousness in humans to be mindful of their actions as they relate with nature daily. They further documented the interactions of man and the forest – deforestation and reforestation in and around Edo State, and the intricate dance between nature, humanity, and urbanization in Lagos metropolis as growth is sought relentlessly. The waste culture in parts of Benin City and the migration and human settlements in the light of our environment in Benin City was also interrogated.
These photographs showcase the strength and resilience of Nigerian cities. The photographs and presentations in this book are not a reflection of a broken system, it is a call for reflection and action.
We believe this project will spark the needed behavioral changes to preserve nature and help us live peaceably with Mother Earth. These stories etch a mark in the annals of our collective histories.
( This project was developed by TellThatStory and supported by GGF (Globalgreengrantsfunds)through Oilwatch Africa. Three photographers were selected from amongst 23 applications from June 13 through June 26, 2023, they followed professionalizing workshops in Benin and online and worked on their personal documentary projects under the guidance of highly recognized Nigerian Photographers, Babawale Obayanju, Chidinma Nnorom, Edgar Imafidon, and Obasola Bamigbola.
Their works were presented and exhibited during the EXPOSED! Conference 2023 (30-31 October 2023) from 30 October until 10 November at the Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub, Benin City). Summary slides of the conference can be seen on our Instagram page.