|A guest studying magazine clippings on display at the Voyage Retour.|
|Pa Ojeikhere signing his autograph for guests at the exhibition|
|Germany’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Dorothee Janetzke-Wenzel, welcoming the audience to Voyage Retour in Lagos.|
full of history and ties between peoples.
work, others captured people enjoying their fun times.
city of Lagos looked like as far back as the 1920s, this exhibition is a
an exhibition of historic photographs by the Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany,
opened in Lagos on Nov. 17 and will run till Dec. 1.
its photography archive in Africa. It is holding at an easily-accessible
location of the Federal Government Press built in 1896 under the British
colonial rule on Broad Street, Lagos Island.
Folkwang’s collection by Rolf Gillhausen, Germaine Krull, Robert Lebeck, Malick
Sidibe, Wolfgang Weber and renowned Nigerian photographer J.D Okhai Ojeikhere,
including archive material of the Federal Ministry of Information, Nigeria.
Federal Foreign Office, explores cultural relations between Africa and Europe
from the 1920s to 1970s.
at the University College, Ibadan is encompassing, showing details of beautiful
hairstyles, dress styles and games they played.
roads and means of transportation looked like then. Sure, those have gone with times
and will only be appreciated through this documentation.
Institut, Lagos, Marc-André Schmachtel, noted that the
essence of the exhibition even at this time, was to understand our history as a
people. He said “If you don’t know your history, you don’t know where you are
medium of photographs used to document history can help people appreciate the
history of a place in the last 50 years.
find a momentum of history of a place
from photographs that have been taken 50 years ago.
of places, but it is important for them to be documented.”
|Director of Goethe-Institut Lagos, Marc-Andre Schmachtel, delivering the welcome address.|
|Curator of the exhibition,Kerstin Meincke, during her speech at the opening ceremony.|
Curator of the exhibition, Kerstin Meincke, said her
impression of the important role played by photography when she first visited
Nigeria in 2011 encouraged her to put the exhibition up.
exhibition on archive photography dealing with questions of the role photographs
played in the process of producing and establishing cultural knowledge and
ideas of cultural identity within the contexts of the European colonial
experience and decolonisation in Africa, south of the Sahara.”