The real story is what’s in that room
Onyeka Igwe’s exhibition centres on a commissioned moving-image project that explores the perennial effects of colonial images despite the deterioration of memory and material. The London, UK-based filmmaker imagines films from lost archives of two former facilities—Nigerian Film Unit in Lagos, Nigeria, and British Empire and Commonwealth Museum in Bristol, United Kingdom—through distinctive soundscapes, choral arrangements, and a radio play, juxtaposed with images of abandoned interiors of the two sites.
Igwe’s project provokes timely questions around the power of the archive and engages the potential of contemporary art to address histories of imperialism and cultural extractivism at the heart of colonial practice.
This exhibition is co-commissioned by Mercer Union, Toronto and KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin with support from Julia Stoschek Collection and Outset Germany_Switzerland. Additional support from Tyneside Cinema Projections, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
Curated by Julia Paoli