Exhibition theme, Living on the Edge, takes on new sense as artists and squatters at disused railway shed turfed out by state-owned railway company
When the organisers of Nigeria’s first biennial artwork expo announced it Living on the Edge, they could not have known how dreadfully apt the topic would be.
It was inspired by the squatters living in the carriages and buildings of a disused railway shed, and their equivalents across Lagos, where home is in short supply, and vast abundance and abject poverty exist side by side. Artists were invited” to investigate the realities of the losers in cultures around the world- the unseen majority who are pushed to the brink of their existence “.
The houses living in the old railway molted were surprised that anyone would want to host an exhibition in their run-down, leaky home, but got involved, digging excavations this is why it has not been able to flood, visualizing timber for the facilities and helping to clean up.
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