Afristoria: Time Reimagined : A photographic exhibition within the Afristoriaseries.
Archival photographs of 19th Century Lagos are ‘Re-Imagined’ in Present time: in colour and on the fictional covers of Time magazine.
What is Afristoria:
Afristoria is a multimedium body of work by conceptual artist Sesu Tilley-Gyado that depicts often unknown 19th Century African historical narratives. These narratives are expressed through various contemporary mediums: literary fiction, reconstructed photography, non-fiction, film, prints, installations, and music.
Afristoria: Time Reimagined
Medium: Reconstructed archival Photography. C-type matte, snow-white conservation mount in an ebony Italian wood grain frame, 33 x 25 inches (each), limited edition of 5
Project: “With Afristoria: Time Reimagined I have re-imaged / re-imagined a past that is present, and a historic slice of Africa that is global.
I wanted to tell the story of Lagos’ multicultural origins- its melting pot 19th Century where Yoruba kings, British colonials , and tens of thousands of Brazilians, Cubans, and Creoles (descendants of slaves) coexisted in Lagos.
I wanted to tell this story in colour, in a modern, edgy way- precisely everything that typical archival footage of 19th Century Africa does not afford.”