a so-called archive


Onyeka Igwe

United Kingdom



a so-called archive

The work interrogates the decomposing repositories of Empire with a forensic lens. Blending footage shot over the past year in two separate colonial archive buildings—one in Lagos, Nigeria, and the other in Bristol, United Kingdom—this double portrait considers the ‘sonic shadows’ that colonial images continue to generate, despite the disintegration of their memory and their materials. Igwe’s film imagines what might have been ‘lost’ from these archives, mixing genres of the radio play, the corporate video tour, and detective noir with a haunting and critical approach to the horror of discovery.

Showing in:

Artists in Conversation: Onyeka Igwe and Sky Hopinka

16/01/22, 16:30

Rio Dalston