As at 2006, the last official nationwide census, population of Lagos State was 17.5 million. In 2016, Lagos had a population estimated at 21 million, which makes it the largest city in Africa according to Worldpopulationreview.com, Oct 26, 2016.
Focusing on the theme of Gentrification and rapidly evolving urban landscape, the interactive photo project will document old and changing urban landscapes to create a fused archive of contemporary and historic Lagos, and to prompt reflection on important questions about respect and value for history in contemporary Lagos, as well as the need to build for the burgeoning urban population and contemporary African architectural taste. Collaborating with Architect and Photographer Gillian Hopwood, and with the use of an interactive online program, the project will creatively juxtapose the images of pre-independence (1954) and early post independence photos (1984) with photos from 2015 till date. The project actively involves online documentation of found archival photographs of Architect and Photographer Gillian Hopwood, who, with her husband John Godwin, moved to Lagos in 1954 to work. Her iconic photographs which depict dynamic architectural pieces, interesting people and famous places in Lagos are merged with photographs of present day situations and how they are being appropriated.
I would like to consider the work complete but like all art process the work is an on-going process, although available materials can be, and has been shown. The artwork is continuous and has no time limit.
Interactivity, Equipment and Processes
1. Wireless Mouse (or Sensor that can manipulated with hand, making it easy to juxtapose images as well as move the page up or down)
2. Monitor or Projector + Projection screen
3. System Unit (with CPU)
4. High Speed Internet connection
To view the photos drag the divider between the photos or click on any part of the photos.