Layo Bright and Ajibola: Maid in Nigeria

Layo Bright and Ajibola: Maid in Nigeria

From May 4 to June 4, 2019, A White Space Creative Agency, Lagos will present Maid in Nigeria, a joint exhibition of recent works by multidisciplinary artists Layo Bright and Ajibola.

As we observe the concept of domestic labour in Nigeria, we examine its role in the society. We rely heavily upon these figures for the upkeep of our homes and the nurturing of our children, while they are often subject to maltreatment and insolence. Essentially, we strip them of their identities and replace them with monikers, often intended for respect, with disguised degradation. Despite the neglect and cruelty most domestic workers face, they are at the core and foundation of the family, as they allow us to lead dynamic lives, while they maintain our households. With the curation of various elements of art, we seek to provide our audience with an immersive perspective of these marginalized members in the Nigerian social structure, as this exhibition strives to uncover issues of human dignity and the polarizing viewpoints around employing domestic workers in Nigeria.

Layo Bright (b. 1991, Lagos, Nigeria) works in sculpture and installation to build evocative visual compositions. In 2018, her installation Must Go, received the International Sculpture Center’s 2018 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. Bright’s work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Nigeria, and she is the recipient of honours and awards including the Beyoncé Formation Finalist Scholarship (2017). She has lectured as a Professor (Department of Integrated Design) at The New School and is currently based in New York.

Ajibọla uses photography, creative writing and installations as devices to invoke introspection through a remembrance of our communal cultural identity. This approach leans on the premise that within deeper thought is the capacity for better societal decisions and choices.

A Whitespace Creative Agency (AWCA) is an award-winning agency based in Lagos, Nigeria. Founded in 2014, the agency was established to find and support young image makers creating and producing strong visual and dynamic content that resonates both locally and internationally.


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