Location One is proud to present SHARON STONE IN ABUJA an exhibition conceived by Zina Saro-Wiwa, British-Nigerian film-maker and founder of AfricaLab.
SHARON STONE IN ABUJA explores and re-imagines the powerful phenomenon that is “Nollywood”, Nigeria’s booming video film industry and the world’s third largest movie industry after Bollywood and Hollywood.
The exhibition pays homage to Nollywood’s visual aesthetics and will explore the emotional landscape of Nigeria and Africa, navigating the space between the emotive and emotional.
The show’s opening will coincide with the start of Nigeria’s 50th Anniversary of Independence, an opportune moment to reflect on this much-maligned African country in a fresh way.
Major artists including Pieter Hugo, Wangechi Mutu and Mickalene Thomas will contribute works that explore Nollywood’s visual aesthetics and narrative potency. Zina will also contribute two new Nollywood-inspired short films and a video sculpture featuring Nollywood actresses.
SHARON STONE IN ABUJA is an AfricaLab project and is co-curated by James Lindon, a director at Pace Gallery.
Location One is extremely grateful to The New York State Council on the Arts and Robert Devereux and The African Arts Trust for making this exhibition possible.
Zina Saro-Wiwa is a film-maker, writer and founder of AfricaLab. Born in Nigeria to Ken and Maria Saro-Wiwa and brought up in the UK, she has worked at the BBC for much of her career. She now works primarily as a film-maker. Her most recent documentary film THIS IS MY AFRICA aired on HBO in February 2010.