By Prisca Sam-Duru
Atlantic Triangle, an exhibition organised by the Goethe Institut, is set to tell the historical reconstruction of the conditions of exploitation through a timely configuration of cultural dynamic and interdependence of the Brazilian Quarter in Lagos within a delicately balanced triangle.
Speaking of the exhibition, Director of Goethe Institut, Mr Hug Alfons disclosed that “The Goethe-Institut, Lagos, is located right in the middle of what’s known as the Brazilian Quarter, a district reminiscent of the old towns in Rio de Janeiro or Salvador-Bahia, which was constructed in the 19th century by a group known as the Retornados, former slaves who had returned from Brazil and and had become part of the city elite while still bearing Portuguese names to this day.”
To the Retornados called Amarôs or Agudas in the Yoruba language, Africa represented a promise – the promise of a return of history and of mercy. Their origins lay not behind them, rather before them. And constructions by Brazilian master-builders such as Water House, Ebun House or the Shitta BeyMosque and other landmarks in old Lagos now scarred by the ravages of time, clearly cling to a past that is in danger of being swept away by the megalopolis and its 22 million inhabitants.
On the far side of the Atlantic, in Rio de Janeiro, construction work for the Olympic Games unearthed the foundations of the former slave market at Cais do Valongo, where more than one million slaves were sold between the 16th and 19th centuries.” added Goethe Institut director.
Part of a larger project
He said the exhibition was part of a larger project that included shows at Saracura Art Space (Riode Janeiro) in June, 2017, as well as the 11th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in April, 2018.
Mr. Hug Afons said the exhibition will feature these artists; AbdulrazaqAwofeso (Nigeria), George Osodi (Nigeria), Karo Akpokiere(Nigeria), Ndidi Dike(Nigeria), Andréas Lang, Germany , Mario Pfeifer, Germany, Iris Buchholz Chocolate, Germany-Angola, Arjan Martins, Brazil, Dalton Paula, Brazil, Vivian Caccuri, Brazil and Jaime Lauriano, Brazil. Also to be exhibited are selected works of traditional Nigerian sculpture from the Femi Akinsanya collection, Lagos.