The weather contradicted my outfit choice, because British weather leaves space for distrust, confusion but more so ambivalence. A bit like my dual nationality as an Igbo, British Nigerian… so many dichotomies and intersectionalities, usually best expressed through the arts…
Known as ‘Little Lagos’, Peckham is home to one of the largest Nigerian diaspora communities in the UK. Lagos, Peckham, Repeat: Pilgrimage to the Lakes is a major group exhibition looking at the connections between Lagos in Nigeria and Peckham in south east London.
The exhibition highlights the relationships, culture, shared history, communities and art that link the two places. Themes explored include transnational exchange, a sense of place and the contemporary metropolis.
The exhibition showcases works by thirteen Nigerian and British-Nigerian artists, bringing together sculpture, photography, sound and film.
“Lagos, Peckham, Repeat fascinates the most when it captures the commonalities between cities and communities across place and time, combining specific and shared experience.”
– Joe Lloyd for Studio International
It features several new commissions, a site-specific installation and a collaboration with south London based brewery Orbit. The exhibition will also display work made during artist residencies, one in Lagos and one in Peckham, with an aim to further develop lasting creative relationships between the two places.
Lagos, Peckham, Repeat: Pilgrimage to the Lakes, South London Gallery, 2023.
Main Gallery & Fire Station Galleries
5 Jul – 29 Oct 2023