08/09/2021 - 17/10/2021

New Work - Moving Image & Sound

Onyeka Igwe - a so-called archive

20min Igwe’s first solo exhibition at LUX a so-called archive, includes the film of the same name, as well as an outdoor audio piece and ephemeral display in the library expanding on the archives interrogated in the film.

Onyeka Igwe’s a so-called archive interrogates the decomposing repositories of Empire. Blending footage shot over 2020 in two separate colonial archive buildings—one in Lagos, Nigeria, and the other in Bristol, UK. It mixes the genres of the radio play, the corporate video tour, and detective noir.

a so-called archive depicts the former vaults—along with their histories of hoarding, monetisation, documentation and now abandonment—as metonyms for the enduring entanglements between the UK and its former colonies. These sites were and continue to be home to purulent images that we cannot, will not, or choose not to see. -Mason Leaver-Yap


Highgate Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, N19 5JF