Olusola Otori is a multidisciplinary artist exploring the beauty/challenges of cultural diversity in Africa and the issues of Religion/Spiritualism, Politics & Power as it affects marginalized rural communities. He works in Photography, painting and film. In his creative work process, he combines local African elements, texture & colors to create images that best express social/economic standards, physical or psychological status of a certain class of people or an entire community. His work shows both the beauty of his land and culture as well as the need for social positive change. Driven by a strong sense of the importance of equal opportunities for every child, He Initiated “the Silent Majority Project” a creative art/photography workshop for street orphans, the socially deprived/displaced & teenagers in juvenile detention /correctional facilities. The workshop project identifies their various challenges and help to harness their creative potentials by creating access to information, artistic skills & processes needed to generate solutions & regular financial income. This workshop project has been significantly effective in rural communities both in Lagos, Nigeria and Kampala, Uganda. Sola received his training first as an apprentice at the ‘Abayomi Barber School of Thought’, University of Lagos between 1992 & 1998 after which he studied Art & Design at Yaba College of technology in 2000. He established his multimedia studio constantly working on photography assignments and commissioned art projects, in 2014 He studied digital film making at the SAE Institute Cape Town South Africa.
- Still life
- Video capture
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As a result of the epileptic electric power supply in Nigeria the demand for petrol, kerosine and deisel increased rapidly as citizens need to power various sizes and types of generators, this gave birth to an insane scarcity and black market trading partern. Public transport operators often upgrade fares during peak periods and in response, a large number of commuters often protest or simply walk long distances.
Makoko Demolision and Aftermath
Makoko an 18th century coastal settlement built on stilt is situated off the mainland in Lagos Nigeria. The first inhabitants were mostly fishermen and they chose to live there as they could tell when tides were good for fishing. The south of Makoko is surrounded by the Oko Baba sawmills and to the west and north by other inland slums
Transportation is by canoe and each household owns at least one. Non-governmental organizations and well meaning Nigerians make voluntary donations occasionally to French and English speaking schools and makeshift medical centers in the community. Over the years, various art related initiatives has been carried out and executed with and for the residents of the community. Such projects have yielded results that have fostered a better understanding of the challenges these thousands of people are constantly faced with.
read more: https://solaotori.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/makoko-demolision-aftermath/