Our Hive Mind
William West Adeyinka Akingbade
Bode Akinbiyi Richardson Ovbiebo
Following a one day excursion during the second week participants of the CCA Art Photography Residency gathered on the gallery space level to review the prints, engage in discussions and have works critiqued by some members of the Residency’s extensive list of facilitators which included Tam Fiofori, Bode Akinbiyi, Miriam Backstrom, Heta Kuchka, Philippe Pirotte, Mats Stjernstedt, and Bisi Silva.
Mats Stjernstedt and Heta Kuchka
One of the most interesting and enlightening aspects of these group image review sessions for participants has been having the other participants interpret the themes and cultural messages in your work before the artist is allowed to speak about a particular piece. This process, this opening of the “doors of perception”, has greatly enabled us to identify subtexts that have remained hidden to us, place our photographs in the wider context of photographic history and enable us further refine our skill in articulating and presenting elements of our body of work.
The portraits illustrate the character of these sessions in their humour, seriousness and also a little bit the symbiotic relationship that has quickly sprung up between the facilitators and participants of the Residency.
Images and text by Folarin Shasanya.
Richardson Ovbiebo Jelili Atiku, Iria Ojeikere and Mats Stjernstedt
Tam Fiofori Landry Mbassy
All images copyright Folarin Shasanya. Courtesy CCA,Lagos