Saturday, 23 July 2016

London Design Biennale Debuts With Nigerian Pavilion, Others


 Nigerian Pavilion goes to London Design Biennale, an event making its first edition, celebrating design and engineering, from September 7-27, 2016. 
 
According to the curator of the Nigerian Pavilion, Gozi Ochonogor, Nigeria will be one of 30 countries showing designs at Somerset House.
 
Ulo, a Nigerian Pavilion for 
London Design Biennale
“The Biennale presents an extraordinary opportunity for countries and representative cities to create design statements that address the 2016 theme, ‘Utopia by Design’,” Ochonogor stated. “The Nigerian team are addressing issues faced by river based communities - oil spills, gas flares which causes health issues such as cancer, and flooding.”

 The Nigerian presentation at the biennale is described as an installation titled Ulo, made from traditional building materials and processed water hyacinth. It is raised on stilts, elevated above an oil trough suggesting a Utopian future where oil is perceived in alternate ramifications. 

Ochonogor listed other exhibits to include lamps, an interactive light installation about gas flares that engages social media, and a survival raincoat designed to deal with flash floods.

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