Mudi Yahaya: The Ruptured Landscape: On the Construction of Difference

2nd April – 23rd April 2011

Mudi Yahaya’s solo exhibition The Ruptured Landscape: On The Constructions Of Difference presents several new bodies of work that explore interpretations of African hybrid identities and their varied visual dialects, currencies and vocabularies. It also explores the aesthetic imagery that connects postcolonial African identities in spaces mediated by still photography and cinema linked with violence, intolerance, gender and race matters. The body of work interjects with semiotic symbolisms that gesture to religious iconography, indigenous cultural signifiers and socio-cultural manipulation.

Mudi Yahaya is a cultural activist whose photography has evolved from social documentary essays to critical conceptual photography. Mallam Mudi, works largely on long term, self-assigned projects, that focus on the aesthetic relationship between images and postcolonial deconstruction of the African identity in syncretic African spaces.

Educated as an electrical engineer, Mallam Mudi, began his photography career in 1995 at Dexter Lucian Studios. His work has been featured in several publications such as the book Lagos: A City At Work, 2005 as well as the London Times. He recently exhibited in A Perspective of Contemporary Nigerian Photography (2009) and Reconstruction In Reverse (2010) both at the Omenka Gallery, Lagos.

The Raptured Landscape: On The Constructions Of Difference is collaboration between Mudi Yahaya Studios and CCA, Lagos.

The exhibition has been organized by CCA, Lagos Project Co-ordinator/Artist, Jude Anogwih. Photos by Jude Anogwih.

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