Emeka Okereke is a Nigerian visual artist and writer who lives and works between Lagos and Berlin, moving from one to the other on a frequent basis. A past member of the renowned Nigerian photography collective Depth of Field (DOF), he holds a...
Focus:Photographer, Filmmaker, Writer, Videographer, Researcher, Politics, Travel, Fine Art, History, Documentary, Multimedia, News, Video, Film, Photography, Art Director, Foreign, Conceptual, Arts & Culture, Freelance, Humanitarian, Life, Teacher
Covering:Africa,Asia,Europe,USA & Canada
Skills:Research, Digital Printing, Photo Assisting, Film Scanning, Adobe Premier, Photo Editing, Black & White Printing, Curating, Art Direction, Exhibition Design, Multimedia Production, Video Editing, Film Processing, Film Photography
“In the short film 'I WONDER AS I WANDER' (2019–20) directed by Emeka Okereke, two Berlin-based Nigerian photographers of different generations engage in a filmic dialogue that transpires between Berlin and Bamako. It captures Akinbode Akinbiyi’s decades long pursuit of interrelating photographic processes with the physical and mental rigor of wandering. This weaving of sequences provide a glimpse into essential acts of daily observation, corporeal movement, urban noise and study of light. While Akinbiyi closely identifies with sacred philosophies of Yorubaland in connection to rhythm, symmetry and balance, we might also consider in parallel the words of Nigerian novelist, poet and critic Chinua Achebe who has noted, “Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.” Akinbiyi’s photo- graphs are conversation pieces, extending a dialogue between the viewer and the viewed.
For this film, Emeka Okereke draws on a conversation that was first recorded with Akinbiyi as part of his podcast programme NKATA.”
This film is an E.O Multimedia Production; supported by Gropius Bau Berlin as part of Akinbode Akinbiyi’s comprehensive solo exhibition “Six Songs, Swirling Gracefully in The Taut Air”. 6 Feb – 17 May, 2020.
Text: Natasha Ginwala, Curator of “Six Songs, Swirling Gracefully in The Taut Air”.