• 'It Doesn't Need More' (2013) Installation view
  • 'It Doesn't Need More' (2013) - 'Joy'
  • 'It Doesn't Need More' (2013) - 'Dilys'
  • 'It Doesn't Need More' (2013) - 'Yemi'
  • 'It Doesn't Need More' (2013) - 'Samantha'
  • 'It Doesn't Need More' (2013) - 'Seyi, Olaitan&Jumoke (The Sisters)'
  • 'It Doesn't Need More' (2013) - 'Gloria'
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It Doesn’t Need More
2013

Title:
It Doesn’t Need More

Year:
2013

Running time:
Various

Format:
HD digital film, colour with sound

Location:
London, UK

Credits:
Supported by African Artists’ Foundation
and Nigerian Breweries, Nigeria

‘It Doesn’t Need More’ seeks to discern how other women in the diaspora navigate the complexities of two cultural heritages. The films portray the experiences of a small group of Nigerian women living in London – strangers who responded to the artist’s open call.

‘It Doesn’t Need More’ delves into issues of personal and collective identity in contemporary society, by examining the possible synchronicity between different voices in the diaspora.

The project questions the theory of diachronic identity – the notion that one person at one time, and another person at a different time can be said to be the same person experiencing similar conditions.

Each story is punctuated with identity related musings collected from social media channels, to relay a wider conversation. Ultimately, by sharing their individual stories, these women could be regarded as mirrors of each other and of other women in the diaspora.

The Installation of ‘It Doesn’t Need More’ features open cubed booths, constructed from timber. These booths allude to the once popular ‘British Telecoms’ telephone boxes scattered across London.

Previously symbols of communication and dialogue, the departure of these telephone boxes on London’s landscape signifies a devolution.

For the project’s initial screening at the ‘National Art Competition’ in Lagos, Nigeria, the almost archaic timber booths acts as an overlap of cultures and as a symbol for the reconnection of lost conversations.

 


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