Icons of a Metropolis

“Icons of a Metropolis” offers a non-judgmental look at 20 character archetypes – they are the ICONS. They are a creative force, a self-organizing and self-referential manifestation of the zenith of urban survival. Visually they can be considered as memes of the city of Lagos. The body of work tells a visual story of these character architypes (ICONs) in a collection of montages, portraits and mosaics. The icons are visual memes of Lagos. The residents of the city all know them, and take them as part of the cityscape. Despite their persistent presence, they remain barely noticeable. Individually, they dissolve into the urban melting pot of the city. Together, they weave their own fabric and create an urban mythology that is distinctly Lagosian. Taken separately, each of these “icons” tells us a personal story. Together, they give the story of the metropolis.

FINISH: DIASEC mounting –
Diasec is a method of preservation of photographic images. The mounting process uses no glue instead it utilises a special liquid chemical to create adhesion between the three components in the composite. The face of the image adheres chemically to the back of a transparent Plexiglas and the image back to a rigid aluminum sheet. The process ensures the absence of dust particles or air bubbles with no traces of glue. The front face of the plexiglas filters ultraviolet light and avoids discoloration of the image. The final artwork is a guaranteed Museum quality finish with image longevity of over 70 years.

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