Interrogating the archive

Interrogating the archive is an appropriation series, it uses imagery produced by mass culture media is a necessary tool to explore the archive of historically significant events and its relevancy to contemporary culture. Interrogating the archive explores images mainly from Nigeria’s colonial history, the images that surround us, to help make sense of history and ground contemporary visual culture. It re-contextualises or appropriates the images and turns them into fragments of tiny squares (as if they were trace memories). This act of fragmentation suggests a fading away of colonial memory, however the images selected also point to the reality that the legacy of Empire remains deeply rooted with its iconic imagery. As many of the images shown in this series where commissioned by the State, in another time with another reading, can be view as propaganda media. The work thus touches on ‘Cultural’ appropriation in relations to both colony and colonizer but also in terms of the flow. The work thus, touches on problems of authenticity and appropriation; of historical past and present; of colonial legacy and the fragmentation of memory.

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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  • bristo hotel-min

    Bristol Hotel, Lagos

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

    Bristol Hotel, Lagos

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

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  • 410_001 cathedral church of christ marina-min

    Cathedral Church of Christ Lagos

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

    Cathedral Church of Christ Lagos

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

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  • 296_001_government house lagos-min

    Government House Lagos

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

    Government House Lagos

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

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  • 246_001_option 2-min

    Independence Building

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

    Independence Building

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

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  • 400_001_lagos courts-min

    Lagos Courts

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

    Lagos Courts

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

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  • queen_elizabeth5-min

    Oba Adeniji Adele Welcomes Queen Elizabeth

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

    Oba Adeniji Adele Welcomes Queen Elizabeth

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

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  • F_4ce31-obafemi_awolowo-min

    Obafemi Awolowo, Premier Western Region (1952-1959)

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

    Obafemi Awolowo, Premier Western Region (1952-1959)

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

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    Queen Elizabeth accompanied by Oba Adeniji Adele

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

    Queen Elizabeth accompanied by Oba Adeniji Adele

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

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  • Queen-Elizabeth-Royal-Tour-Nigeria-1956-1_Naijarchives-min

    Queen Elizabeth at Lagos Cathedral

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

    Queen Elizabeth at Lagos Cathedral

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

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    Queen Elizabeth at the Lagos Wharf

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

    Queen Elizabeth at the Lagos Wharf

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

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    Queen Elizabeth II And Oba Of Benin

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

    Queen Elizabeth II And Oba Of Benin

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

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  • F_adeniji adele 2-min

    Sir Adeniji Adele II, Oba of Lagos (1894-1964)

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

    Sir Adeniji Adele II, Oba of Lagos (1894-1964)

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

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  • F_lugard-min

    Sir Frederick Lugard, Governor General of Nigeria (1914–1919)

    Diasec 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

    Sir Frederick Lugard, Governor General of Nigeria (1914–1919)

    Diasec 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

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  • Queen-Elizabeth-Confers-Knighthood-Upon-The-Sultan-Of-Sokoto_Naijarchives-min

    Sultan Of Sokoto knighted By Queen Elizabeth II

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

    Sultan Of Sokoto knighted By Queen Elizabeth II

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

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    Tokunbo Awolowo presents flowers to Queen Elizabeth

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

    Tokunbo Awolowo presents flowers to Queen Elizabeth

    Diasec, 100cm x 150cm, Ed 5

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