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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