FATI ABUBAKAR: BITS OF BORNO
From February 9 to 11, 2017, Borno State Government in collaboration with The Centre For Creative Arts & Talent, Abuja will present Bits of Borno, an exhibition of recent photographs by Fati Abubakar at the Omenka Gallery, Lagos. Through a careful selection of 61 photographs, the exhibition provides a counter narrative to the negative headlines of despair and destruction caused by the Boko Haram insurgency by showcasing the beauty, culture, tradition and most importantly, the resilience of the Borno people. “There’s a slow gradual return despite all of the adversity. I want people to remember us not only for our culture and tradition, but also for our resilience during this conflict. My favourite photos of Borno are mostly of markets—to me, it is a sign that the city is still alive.”
Visual storyteller Fati Abubakar was born and raised in Maiduguri, Borno State. She developed a passion for photography, which led to the creation of her series ‘Bits of Borno’. Since September 2015, Abubakar has interviewed, as well as taken pictures of the residents with a mission to change the perception of Boko Haram brutality associated with Borno State.
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