Lagos Of The Future Is A Big, Scary, Over-populated Slum According To This Artist’s Imagination
Urbanization is taking over major cities and Lagos is one of them. Apart from multi-storeyed buildings, traffic jams and street beggars, one of the central “faces” of Africa’s rapid urbanization in most if not all of its large cities is non-standard, poor-quality housing units.
This issue is what Lekan Jeyifo a Nigerian-born, brooklyn based artist takes on with his new project titled ‘Shanty Mega Structures’.
With a degree from architecture from Cornell University, Lekan designs creative architectural sculptures, installations and murals that convey social and political and economic issues throughout the globe.
His recent project is a re-imagining of the most populous city in Africa, Lagos. With a teeming population of over 20 million people, the government of Lagos state is well aware of the challenge that over population places on housing and they have tried to resolve the issues with several strategies with intent of providing housing. This produced little or no result because annually Lagos state requires 500,000 units over 10 years to resolve the growing population but less than 1,000 units are provided by the government annually.
In these series of photos, Lekan takes actual photos of Lagos popular nerve centers, and adjusts the realities with 3D renderings of urban and sub-urban living.
According to him:
“These images juxtapose sites of privileged and much coveted real-estate throughout Lagos, Nigeria with colossal vertical settlements representing marginalized and impoverished communities.
It’s a visual conversation on how slums are frequently viewed as unsightly eyesores to be bull-dozed, leaving their inhabitants completely displaced. This is a standard practice that occurs from Chicago to Rio de Janiero, and throughout the world.”
These images were shown at the 2015 Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism as part of the Maker Maker exhibit.