Artists to Present ‘Once Upon a Time’ Photography Exhibit in Lagos

By Taiye Olayemi

A photography exhibition entitled “Once Upon a Time”, designed to highlight human experiences from adolescence to adulthood in a typical Nigerian environment, will be held in Lagos from October 29 to November 6.

Udemma Chukwuma, curator of the photography exhibit, at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday, said the exhibit was meant to document history for future reference.

She said the exhibition would feature works created using the latest techniques in photography.

According to her, the exhibition will introduce the public to new perspectives in photography and juxtapose them with classical or traditional photography.

“This is a curatorial excursion into the history and development of photography as an art form.

“In this photography exhibition, the phrase depicts what the participating photographic artists have captured during a period of their lives that have become fond memories.

“The artists who will be featured in the exhibition are Godstime Godfrey, Oluwayemisi Onadipe, Adegbola Adetayo and Francisca Willy,” she said.

According to her, these artists were selected for their innovative use of creative techniques and technology to communicate and document.

She said the artists mainly focus on visual identity, fashion, landscape, portraiture, abstraction and still photography.

“Their works present examples of how change is constant and inevitable, reminding us that nothing stays forever because change happens in the present, not the past or the future,” she said.

One of the artists, Onadipe, said she was passionate about documenting the daily activities of the people of Lagos as she captured the struggles of the common man.

According to Onadipe, in her “Rainy Day” series, she will project images of people going about their daily activities in the rain.

Onadipo, who would exhibit 9 works, underlined in one of his works, the need for parents to ensure that their children acquire a certain level of educational qualification in order to succeed.

Additionally, Adetayo, whose works were considered timeless and elegant, said he was always inspired by his surroundings and the people around him.

He said he would be exhibiting 8 of his works meant to project the beauty of being an Africa with a focus on the beauty of tribal marks and the human spirit.

Willy said she will present her “Niger-Delta” series which captures the rhythms of time and place-making among riverside communities.

She noted that some of her works explore people’s horrific experiences trying to find a livelihood.

Godfrey said her works explore topics of human rights abuses, drug addiction, gender inequality, socio-political and socio-economic issues.

He said he also tried to tackle abstract and philosophical themes as he prepares to screen works such as: ‘Onward Ever’, ‘How We Roll’, ‘Freedom is not Free’ and more. .

One of the exhibit’s partners, Jennifer Christian, Operations Manager, The Yatch Hotel, said it was an honor to partner to organize the exhibit as the hotel likes to embrace creative concepts.

“This is the second exhibition we’ve put on for the year, it’s because it’s something we believe in,” she said. (NAN) (

Edited by Folasade Adeniran

Tracey L. Sweeney