Filmmaker Ayo Akingbade's solo exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery 'Show Me The World Mister' includes two films shot in Nigeria
The Fist is a 35mm video depiction of the first Guinness brewery established outside of Ireland and the UK, at Nigeria's Ikeja Industrial Estate 12 miles from Lagos. The facility, completed in 1962 after Nigeria's independence from Britain, focuses on industrialisation and labour. Akingbade shows the deep-rooted politics in the beverage's production by observing the factory's assembly and packing operations.
Faluyi follows protagonist Ife, as she traces familial tradition and mysticism in ancestral territory. Shot on 16mm film in the Idanre Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Ondo State, the video offers an introspective reflection of Akingbade's personal relationship with Nigeria. Panoramas of rocky hills surrounded by lush trees provide the scene for a story of grief, longing, hope, and joy.
Show Me The World Mister is co-produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London, and Spike Island, Bristol, and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery; Spike Island; the Whitworth, The University of Manchester; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; and John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.
Sound Design & Mix
5.1 audio | The Fist: 24 minutes / Faluyi: 14 minutes
Image courtesy of the artist