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Akinbode Akinbiyi

Akinbode Akinbiyi is a wanderer. On his walks through cities such as Berlin, Lagos and Johannesburg, Akinbiyi closely observes and documents social realities of the streets. In the ongoing series Lagos: All Roads, a piece of which we feature in this edition, Akinbiyi portrays the many faces of Africa’s largest metropolis, depicting an almost unimaginable sprawl of dense urban activity. Akinbiyi grew up in London and Lagos, and has lived and worked in Berlin for more than 25 years now. Today, he finds himself on a search for “fragments of this lost innocence” that accompanied his childhood in Lagos. The two images made on Victoria Island and shown in this Paper Edition are part of another ongoing series, titled Sea Never Dry. It’s an indepth look at humans’ relationship with the coastline, the delicate border between land and sea. As Akinbiyi describes it, it explores “our intimate longing back to the primary element of our birth, the embodied trauma of the centuries of sea travel, vessels plying waterways in a search for new lands, new environments to conquer and subjugate.”

  • Victoria Island, Lagos by Akinbode Akinbiyi

  • Lagos Island, Lagos by Akinbode Akinbiyi

  • Victoria Island, Lagos by Akinbode Akinbiyi

Image Credits

Akinbode Akinbiyi, Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, 2004, from the series Sea Never Dry, Courtesy: The artist

Akinbode Akinbiyi, Lagos Island, Lagos, 2004, from the series Lagos: All Roads, Courtesy: The artist

Akinbode Akinbiyi, Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, 2006, from the series Sea Never Dry, Courtesy: The artist

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