Photograph — Emmanuel Iduma

The 8th Invisible Borders Trans-African Road Trip: Lagos to Maputo 2018 commenced on 3 October 2018. The road trip commenced with a 4-day retreat in Lagos that was wrapped up when the Batch A participants and Nigerian Guest participant paid courtesy visits to two members of the Depth of Field (DOF) collective, Uche James-Iroha and Kelechi Amadi Obi.

The Batch A participants are currently travelling from Lagos, Nigeria to Kampala, Uganda. They will travel through Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. They will be replaced by a new set of participants who would then complete the road trip from Kampala, Uganda to Maputo, Mozambique.

As has been the methodology throughout previous editions of the Invisible Borders Trans-African Road Trips, participants will employ themselves as active-thinking bodies, in the negotiation of borders as much as in the re-imagination of histories embodied by this trajectory.

The core of this road trip project will be to reimagine what we know of a place from a distance (distance created both by historical and geographical remoteness) through what we encounter by being present.

Through every day tangible encounters with stories, events, and happenstances indicative of lives both on the road and at border intersections, the artists absorb experiences that are further processed and articulated through their respective medium of expression and shared on the go, both directly with those encountered and virtually, through a dedicated website blog.

The Lagos – Maputo road trip is a proposal to enter the interstices of a volatile negotiation between the past and present, and to intersect with lives and everyday stories caught in between forces pushing and pulling to shift or reset imposed cartographies.

The artists will continue sharing their works and process on the go on the dedicated app and blog.

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