Art Interviews

The Art of Vigilism with Lekan Jeyifo.

Lekan Jeyifo Lagos-06_Makoko-Night_800

“Shanty Mega-structures

These images juxtapose sites of privileged and much coveted real-estate throughout Lagos, Nigeria with colossal vertical settlements representing marginalized and impoverished communities.

It’s a visual conversation on how slums are frequently viewed as unsightly eyesores to be bull-dozed, leaving their inhabitants completely displaced. This is a standard practice that occurs from Chicago to Rio de Janiero, and throughout the world.

So in this instance the dispossessed are given prominence and visibility albeit through a somewhat Dystopian vision that speaks to the fact that these communities often suffer from a lack of appropriate sanitation, electricity, medical services, and modern communications.

These images were shown at the 2015 Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism as part of the Maker Maker exhibit.”

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