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Iroha visually sings the light blues

21 October 2014, 11:14Obidike Okafor

Lagos – When will the powers (government) that be give us constant power (electricity)? When will the powers (politicians) that be stop using constant power (electricity) as a campaign gimmick? These are some of the critical questions which photographer, Uche James Iroha’s new body of work raises in the exhibition titled 'Power and Powers'

The exhibition which opens on November 8 and runs to November 22 at the Omenka Gallery in Ikoyi, is harvest time for Uche James Iroha, who wants to pay good credence to his consistency and strength as a photographer.

According to the artist, the images explore the dark and unprogressive romance between political power and electrical power distribution in Nigeria.

 He exposes the seemingly endless electricity headache in Nigeria despite the human and material resources and enormous potential.

Since the 1970’s politicians have been using a promise of constant electricity as the most effective bait, and till date the sounds of generators are a common phenomenon.

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Iroha’s presentation also shows how government projects like the cashless economic system and automated rail transport which gulp millions of naira suffer because of epileptic power supply.

In an interview with News24, Iroha reveal that many of the images are done in black and white and in low contrast to depict the lack of electricity. He also said that the cover of the catalogue is a dark blank space adding to the ‘darkness’ of the exhibition.

Iroha insists that he uses his camera to expose the elements that are manipulating the Nigerian space, as he negotiates his existence.

“My works are natural, they are part of an organic process of my reality. They represent daily occurrences.” he said.

The  exhibition is sponsored by renowned camera makers, Nikon.


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