Sòrò Sókè

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    Festivalzentrale: Atelier Augarten

Taiwo Aina, Ebun Akinbo, Nelly Atting, Grace Ekpu, Bénédicte Kurzen, Nengi Nelson, Rinu Oduala, Ayanfe Olarinde, Rachel Seidu, and Etinosa Yvonne

In October 2020, a series of courageous mass demonstrations took place on the streets of Nigeria’s main cities. The protesters were calling for action against police brutality, and more specifically against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)—known for their long record of abuse, giving its name to the now famous hashtag #EndSARS.

After two weeks, the army and the police opened fire, using live ammunition, on a peaceful group of protest- ers at Lekki toll gate in Lagos State. The number of casualties is not certain, but at least ten people lost their lives. After weeks of denial, the Nigerian Army finally admitted to having deployed armed personnel to the gate, but they never revealed who actually gave the order to shoot.

Sọ`rọ` Sókè (Yoruba for „speak up“) is a unique docu- ment gathering visual and written testimonies of Nigerian women artists, photographers, and activists who have witnessed a shared series of events on the streets of their country. The publication, in the form of a newspaper, adds a tangible quality to the women’s narrative. The information they share is paired with their personal experiences, adding an emotional depth to the traditional ‘objective reporting’ of news events.

Their voices, both collective and individual, reveal the unfolding reality of the popular, peaceful, and exhilarating #EndSARS protests until the tragic events of the Lekki Toll Gate Massacre on the night of 20 October 2020.

Photographers, artists and activists from Nigeria:
Taiwo Aina, Ebun Akinbo, Nelly Atting, Grace Ekpu, Nengi Nelson, Rinu Oduala, Ayanfe Olarinde, Rachel Seidu und Etinosa Yvonne.

Concept and Coordination
: Bénédicte Kurzen

1 Festivalzentrale: Atelier Augarten
Scherzergasse 1A, 1020

Exhibition durarion
09 – 27 March 2022
daily 11:00– 19:00

09 March, 17:00