“I Be Person I No Be Number” investigates how civil liberty groups and human rights movements around the world have become potent platforms in the hands of ordinary citizens and their potential impact on dictatorial rule. The up-and-coming Nigerian photographers in this exhibition highlight the friction between two opposing forces – the people’s yearning for freedom and the underhanded machinations of corrupt leaders who have remained in the forefront of Nigerian democracy since independence. In a year when both Nigeria and the US are facing elections, this project’s exploration of questions on leadership and the role of citizens and their ability to challenge political authorities in state affairs will open a space for important dialogues. This exhibition is a partnership between The Nlele Institute, Lagos, Nigeria, the Department of Art & Art History. It is also part of the For Freedoms initiative and will be on view at the Allcott Gallery at UNC during the Click! Photography Festival, October 1-26, 2018.
UNC Chapel Hill, Dep. of Art & Art History,
Hanes Art Center, 115 S Columbia Street, Chapel Hill
Closing Reception October 25 from 5-7 pm