A new short film exploring cultural and political conditions for artists in Lagos and Manchester will premiere in three cities this month.

SEE MY WORLD: Lagos, Manchester & Me will be screening in Manchester, Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria, with our city’s showing happening on Tue 26 Mar at CONTACT.

The film documents makers, thinkers and doers as they create, interpret and evolve their crafts. It sets out to demystify the stereotypes that haunt Lagos and Manchester whilst amplifying the true cultural progressions that are consciously and subconsciously taking place in both cities, outside of the gaze of mainstream media.

SEE MY WORLD: Lagos, Manchester & Me journeys through a globe-trotting incubation experience for four artists, handpicked by Manchester’s art and culture organisations Big People Music (BPM) and Big People Community CIC (BPC) and The Book Buzz Foundation (BBF) – an essential literary charity in Nigeria.

The collaboration led to a cross-continental exchange of art and culture, a week-long residency in Lagos where the artists connected face-to-face for the first time, and a journey connecting the art worlds of Nigeria and Britain.

The subjects of and behind the camera; music producer and visual artist Joshua Inyang of Space Afrika, multi-disciplinary artist Papa Nii Akushey Quaye aka Renzniro from Manchester, poet and performance artist Deborah Johnson, as well as Musician and film-maker, Ayokunle Odunsi from Lagos.

Each participant showcases their experiences over the course of a year, and their unique processes as they write, shoot, edit and score the film themselves.

Speaking about the project, Josh Inyang said: “The See My World residency provided an eye-opening, rewarding and personally fulfilling experience to celebrate, share and re-learn my Nigerian culture, uniting me with friends and family overseas, and engaging with local culture and creatives simultaneously alongside an amazing team of people who I can now call friends.”

Tickets to the premiere at Contact are free, and you can book yours using the button below.

Image credit: Papa Qauye

Tue 26 Mar,
CONTACT, Oxford Rd, M15 6JA
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Tue 12 Mar 2024