C&: "Joseph Obanubi, Stephen Tayo, and Edozie Anedu Investigate their Hometown Lagos"

Sabo Kpade, Contemporary&, January 22, 2021

In How Close Can It Get, Joseph Obanubi examines a city’s proximity to its populations and properties using digital collage and line drawings to reveal new understandings of the psychic and material densities of Africa’s most populous city – Lagos. His work is part of a group exhibition at the kó art space.


Over a period of twelve months, the artist went on periodic walks around Lagos, taking photographs of its tightly compacted buildings and visual elements that included hard-boiled maxims, posted bills, and hygiene prohibitions. Drawing color cues from the design of Nigerian Naira bills, Obanubi combined sets of disparate images into digital montages....