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1.GEORGE OSODI : Oil Rich Niger Delta 2003-2007 - Shop


"This body of work is made in the contemporary tradition of documentary photography between 2003-2007 and exposes the condition of daily life and the social economic structure, which creates them.

 Nigeria with a population of about 140million people has over the last 40 decades generated immense wealth from oil exploitation alongside oil multi-nationals. Oil accounts for about  95% of the country’s export so that the entire nation depends on a single industry with a finite future. However, the distribution of the proceeds of such dramatic economic growth has been uneven; more than 70% of the population live on less than 1$ a day. These images examine the economic realities of every day life, the incredible visual drama of how oil actually becomes a commodity; some of Delta alluring landscape and vegetation, putting into consideration ‘the good, the bad and the ugly: the effect of economic stagnation, environmental degradation and political jingoism and an aesthetic perspective. I want to show the duality of life in the Delta region, children playing football in a field with gas flaring at the background, women in their traditional attire waving white handkerchief as they dance, the greenness and the abundance of the mangroves, the water glistering as the sun sets, women fishing in polluted waters, the militants who resist the government and the oil companies parading the delta creeks in commando style. It is amazing how people carry on with their lives, with their daily routines with a smile against all odds. I want to put a human face on this paradise lost, as I do not wish to offend, but to draw the viewer near my images in order to provoke a feeling and be inspired or trigger a deep sense of change within the observer." George Osodi

Created between 2003-2007- Oil Rich Niger Delta was launched in Documenta 12 as 200 image slide show installation. It has travelled around the world in numerous museum Group shows, such as We Face Forward, Manachester Museums, Uneven Georgraphies, Nottingham Vontemporary, The Oil Show, HMK, Dortmund, and is currently showing at The Liverpool Museums: International Museum of Slavery indefinately.

Work in the collections of major museums and private collections around the world, Including EMST Greak National Museum, ADF collection France, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, and the Martin Marguiles collection. 

"Osodi's amazing photos" Gulbenkian Proximo Futuro


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