• Film still - "Destiny", 2016
  • Film still - "Destiny", 2016
  • Film still - "Destiny", 2016
  • Film still - "Destiny", 2016
  • Installation view, "Destiny", 2016 "Potlatch", De Ateliers, Amsterdam
  • Installation view, "Destiny", 2016 "Potlatch", De Ateliers, Amsterdam
  • Installation view, "Destiny", 2016 "Potlatch", De Ateliers, Amsterdam
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Destiny
2016

Title:
Destiny

Year:
2016

Running time:
9 minutes

Format:
HD digital film, colour with sound

Projected on steel plates 2250x4000mm (dimensions variable)

Location:
Lagos, Nigeria

Credits:
Produced in association with De Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL.

Special thanks to African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria and Stichting AVL-Mundo, Rotterdam

“Destiny” portrays a saw sharpener called Destiny, based in “Makoko” Sawmill, Lagos, Nigeria.

The film takes place in and around Destiny’s hut – which in itself becomes an almost reverential motif. Area boys (local gang members) confide in him – a makeshift father figure. Wood suppliers depend on him to keep business running smoothly.

It’s unusual, but Destiny works for himself – a true symbol of autonomy in the precarious floating water community of “Makoko”.

The film is directed in parts, at times utilising area boys and labourers as extras.  A handmade dolly pans the camera repetitively, to slow and meditative effect.

The work is projected on oxidised steel plates (total size 4000x2250mm, dimensions variable), with dark rusty patina absorbing the image and providing a layer of texture and materiality.

About Makoko

Makoko is a self sufficient water community in Lagos, Nigeria. Settlers from nearby countries such as Togo and Benin Republic arrived by boat over 200 years ago and made their home on the Lagos State Lagoon.


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