Installation Week: A Photo Story

Nigerian artistry and its country pavilion have arrived in Venice.

After 57 editions, 122 years and a journey across the Mediterranean Sea.

The journey started in several locations across the country. From Igun Street, home of a lineage of century-old bronze casters, to the markets of Onitsha, to the economic capital: Lagos. Film, kilograms of bronze casts, hundreds of feet of canvas, mirrors, fibreglass, were bound, wrapped into crates, boxes, luggage, set for the Biennale di Venezia.

This past week, they were unfurled, unboxed, assembled by their creators and exhibiting artists: Peju Alatise, Victor Ehikhamenor and Qudus Onikeku. They were ready to take their pride of place in Nigeria’s debut showing at the biggest international exhibition in the world.

On May 10th, at 2PM, the works, assembled, completed, pregnant with history, rich narrative will be open to the world.

In the story below, are the little events, each significant that led up to the big day: