Saturday, 1 November 2008

Jelili Odeboye, budding video poet speaks about the Video Art Workshop

Sent in by Hansi Momodu, CCA,Lagos Arts Project Co-ordinator.

News of the One Minute Video workshop at CCA, Lagos was far reaching and two of our attending artists crossed state from Osogbo to get to Lagos. I spoke to Jelili Temitope Odeboye about his experiences of the workshop, but also of the Lagos, and he has found that the challenge of being in such a bustling city has actually taught him to make decisions, especially in the artistic process much faster.

Jelili's One Minute is an examination of 'developmental problems facing Nigerian society in general and the Niger Delta in particular'. He explains that one of the biggest tasks has been covering this topic within the limitations of one minute's timeframe and attempting to transfer information to the viewer in a way that will hold their interest. As a studio trained Painter, a self taught textile artist, poet and decorator Jelili has clearly found a variety of avenues for his artistic outlet, and he was excited by the opportunity this workshop has given him to experiment with his ideas, to discover new possibilities in creating arts, and to discover more about his country.


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