Ayo Akingbade, Show Me The World Mister / Installation view / Photo John Mckenzie
Ayo Akingbade: Show Me The World Mister
Nov 18, 2023 – Apr 14, 2024
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead, UK

Two new film commissions, The Fist and Faluyi (2022), both shot on location in Nigeria, are built upon Akingbade’s interest in history, place-making, legacy and power. Ayo Akingbade’s films tell stories about people and places and their relationship to power, history, legacy and labour.

The Fist, shot on 35mm film,is a portrait of the first Guinness brewery built outside Ireland and the United Kingdom
, 12 miles from the centre of Lagos. A modernist-style factory, it was completed in 1962, after Nigeria’s independence from Britain. The film follows the rhythm of a working day, the comings and goings of workers and the activity on the assembly and packing lines. The Fist brings together the interwoven histories of industrialisation and labour and the deep-rooted politics of Guinness production in Nigeria.

The second film, Faluyi, considers the artist’s own relationship with Nigeria. It follows the character Ife as she begins a journey tracing her family’s legacy in ancestral land. The film was shot on 16mm film in the Idanre Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Ondo State, close to the birthplace of the artist’s parents. Panoramic views of hills and forests form the backdrop to a tale of loss and longing, that turns to hope and celebration.

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