"In Kacey Jeffers' book UNIFORM, young people aged between 10 to 18 years old take up space as full humans with responsibility, agency, voices and meaningful ideas about themselves and their society. In the book's introduction, Jeffers tells us that UNIFORM started as an idea to catalogue the different school uniforms of Nevis, his home country. “Photograph what you know best” is one of my favourite pieces of industry advice and this book makes yet another beautiful case for it..."
For four days I took over The Architects' Project page, showcasing the work I have done via Studio Styles on the built environment in southern Nigeria over the past year. As well as facilitated discussions around architecture as material culture and history.
In 1983, the Enugu state government, established the Sunrise Flour Mill with production lines for flour, semolina and wheat. What is it today?
Twelth in the series of commissions for Develop at Home - a digital programme of articles, interviews and resources to help us stay connected, inspired and informed at this time - is Develop participant Immaculata Abba sharing a story behind her photograph Grace Holding Her Bedside Rosary.
This photograph is of Grace, aged 100. She is one of my subjects for the long-term project Enugu is in the hands of God where I explore the materiality of Catholic life, among other aspects of Christianity,...
(co-writted with Dr Pedi Obani) commentary on possible threats Nigerian women face as a result of Covid-19
Painter and leading academic, Paul Dash, invited us to his studio in Hackney, London, to discuss his contribution to the No Colour Bar exhibition with Immaculata Abba. Born in Barbados in 1946, Dash left home at the age of eleven to join his parents who had already left for the UK. Although Dash discovered his talent for art at a young age, his poor educational background inhibited this growth, but it also fostered a passion for art education within Dash. Teaching in schools and universities,...
“There is this air of solemnity, that’s the biggest impression I get,” a middle-aged man with a French accent tells me when I ask him how he feels about the exhibition. I ask because standing in front of the 96 x 124-inch paintings, I feel like someone is giving my life back to me, allowing me to see myself. Four paintings in and I could not help myself from striking a conversation with the other people in the room, I ask them “Do you see? Do you get it? Can you feel it, because if you don’t,...
Agency, community and possibility are the currents running through this book and it pulls on this current by anchoring its focus on self-portraiture: the practice of including one’s self and history in the well of narratives, literally and symbolically. It is “a love letter to lovers of photography, black women, women of African descent, those who show up, those who are present, lens folk,” as Laylah Barrayn says in her editor’s note.
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"Immaculata Abba spoke on how the archives have spoken to her."
[surrealist short story]
My name is Joseph Graba. I used to work in the cloth-shift with my brothers in the town of Hoare, back when Laval was still the Chief Officer in Command and we had cloth, food, and brick shifts. It hasn’t been the same since then. Some people say it’s because of the special breed of goats Laval herded in his garden from which he got milk to power Hoare’s engine. In return, he fed the goats with the forever replenishing innards of his dead wife who died five years before even her bed found ...
Lubabetu Abubakar discusses her work, motivations and ambitions as well as her experience of transitioning to full-time photography.
The contemporary art scene in Nigeria is currently witnessing an infectious verve with galleries like Rele, The Thought Pyramid, TerraKulture and major exhibitions like the coming Lagos Biennale. Among the prominent artists stirring a burgeoning following is photographer and art director Lubabetu Abubakar, often referred to as Lubee Abubakar.
Since graduating fr...
The QM Visual Arts Collective 2018 Exhibition will feature works in a variety of media by artists who study across all disciplines at Queen Mary University and Barts and The London. The VAC began in 2014 as a collaboration between the Photography Society and QMTV and, after two successful exhibitions in 2015 and 2016, has been continued by the exhibiting students. Our aim is to showcase the artistic talent of QMBL students.