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Contested Terrains, Part 1

This video brought to you by Tate.org.uk

In these two videos, we take a close look at an exhibition put on by four artists currently living and working in Africa. These artists subvert assumptions about Africa's past and present, exploring the tensions between tradition and modernity. In this part, Adolphus Obara and Michael MacGarry explore the power of objects we encounter every day, both common and precious.
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Video transcript

my name is adore was the pearl I'm photographer breeze in Lagos Nigeria what I'm sure that it takes is a series of work I made it each other online titled emissaries of an iconic religion the instrumental holding idea symbols of authority I like their strength they are power and for some of them they have different strengths so for me the whole idea about it's that I try to figure in the way that they were very comfortable and I allow them to show off whatever I wonder the shoes old I medium totally in control of the whole process or the photography I've you positively subject in a way to give them pride because in Nigeria Europe eyes are very flamboyant people if you present opportunity able to really appreciate these traditions because it's actually document that is timeless and that documents something that was the traditional region that is has traveled all around the world and is still in existence a lot of my work functions almost dinner quite a satirical by part of that is almost looking at it's looking at the consonant as say to some extensive political cartoonist might one of the works on exhibition at eight is a work of mine called the ossory and ossory is quite a macaw practice of arranging body parts and catacombs the series of relatively mundane domestic and household and consumerist objects quite that I carved out of principally on an elephant ivory I want to look in a way that if there is institutionalized what the waste cause corruption if there is the mismanagement of funds what is it that this kind of equity buys you what do you buy with it something like a knuckle duster made out of ivory indicates a certain kind of political coercion there's a syringe indicating healthcare other objects are called t3 notion of leisure time pair of reading glasses Karim I read it for emotions of education and also these obvious because I call from ivory which is a status symbol indicate to some extent that the these kind of commodities and services are very much fetishized