See the images that are part of the exhibition in Nigeria. The next slideshow gives you a short impression of the opening of this amazing exposition!
Being able to be part of an exposition in Nigeria with a series that contains LGBT+ people is very important. These people still face a lot of legal and social challenges in Nigeria because homosexuality is still illegal there. It is still punishable by imprisonment for up to 14 years.
Nigeria is a rather conservative country in Africa with more than 216 million inhabitants. The country is strong religious, divided between Christian and Muslims. This as well causes few LGBT+ people to be open about their sexuality. The violence against them is common, therefor many LGBT+ Nigerians try to build a life in other countries where laws are protecting them.
Since I belong to the LGBT+ community, I find it important to speak out and be activistic. I saw the opportunity to participate in this exposition, with the title "People and Survival", as a great chance. Especially in a country where so many LGBT+ people are really struggling to survive every day. I chose to contribute with a part of my series ESTRANGED. A series that shows people who don't dare to be 100% themselves, but keep a part of their identity hidden for numerous reasons.
People & Survival
DATE: 9th to 20th September, 2022,
Featuring works by:
* Annie Mpalume – Zimbabwe
* Rob Godfried – Netherlands
* Keith Bratton – USA
* Kofoworola Omotayo –Nigeria
* Monirul Alam – Bangladesh
* Mokobo Michael Phasha – South Africa
* Favour Charles Elemi– Nigeria
* Arjan Spannenburg – Netherlands
* Luiz Lima – Brazil
* Hassan Moustafa – Sudan
* Philippe Sibelly – France/UK
*Abiola Adenugba - Nigeria
*Peter Bazatoha – Rwanda
*Afolabi Babarinde - Nigeria/UK
*Dr. Tony Olatokunbo Marinhio – Nigeria
*Tessilim Adjayi – Togo.
The opening ceremony was on Friday 9th of September 2022 and started with a dance performance by young people, followed by artist talks and a tour through the exhibition.