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Money Must Be Made is a photographic love letter from Lorenzo Vitturi to the vivid colours, spirit and people of Balogun Street Market in Lagos, Nigeria...

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LORENZO VITTURI TEXT BY EDA DOĞANÇAY 

Photographer and sculptor Lorenzo Vitturi is our guide through an extraordinary place. His series, Money Must Be Made, brings together different disciplines, to examine the contrasts that have followed in the footsteps of urban change in Lagos. The project offers an insight into an unusual story about spatial resistance that is caught up in the triangle of globalisation, colonialism and capitalism. The defining aspect of the reality documented by Vitturi’s lens is the disparity created by the eerie emptiness of the abandoned twenty-storey Financial Trust House soaring into the sky in the middle of the ‘market place, which looks more like a festival site.

Eager to create a photographic story of regional change and the intricate nature of Balogun Market, the artist employs collage, based on the multi-dimensional bond that exists between spaces, humans and inanimate objects. Vitturi did not settle with the photographs he captured in Lagos. He took back a collection of items, purchased at the market, to his London studio, where he experimented with their colour and form, before re-photographing them to create new compositions. Actually, Vitturi’s two-dimensional installations succeed in reflecting this process, whilst also summarising the social and economic complexity of Lagos.

The plastic bowls, woven doormats, chairs, hats, beads, umbrellas, footballs and colourful rolls of fabric… This is the rhythm of Lagosians; part reality and part fantasy. The silent story of Vitturi’s human statues emerge as metaphors of the market – or perhaps as a parade where objects take centre stage… not as shopping items, but as living entities. Vitturi’s photographs go beyond a personal account of Balogun Market. The vendors, the customers, the stalls or the products which flood the shops are all different. Fascinated by the uniqueness of each object and the ingenious ways they are displayed; the photographer travelled to Nigeria multiple times to absorb its nuances and to interview the locals appearing in his photographs.

RAINBOW AMIDST CHAOS IN BALOGUN

MEET THE ARTIST

Money Must Be Made is a photographic love letter from Lorenzo Vitturi to the vivid colours, spirit and people of Balogun Street Market in Lagos, Nigeria...

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LORENZO VITTURI TEXT BY EDA DOĞANÇAY 

Photographer and sculptor Lorenzo Vitturi is our guide through an extraordinary place. His series, Money Must Be Made, brings together different disciplines, to examine the contrasts that have followed in the footsteps of urban change in Lagos. The project offers an insight into an unusual story about spatial resistance that is caught up in the triangle of globalisation, colonialism and capitalism. The defining aspect of the reality documented by Vitturi’s lens is the disparity created by the eerie emptiness of the abandoned twenty-storey Financial Trust House soaring into the sky in the middle of the ‘market place, which looks more like a festival site.

Eager to create a photographic story of regional change and the intricate nature of Balogun Market, the artist employs collage, based on the multi-dimensional bond that exists between spaces, humans and inanimate objects. Vitturi did not settle with the photographs he captured in Lagos. He took back a collection of items, purchased at the market, to his London studio, where he experimented with their colour and form, before re-photographing them to create new compositions. Actually, Vitturi’s two-dimensional installations succeed in reflecting this process, whilst also summarising the social and economic complexity of Lagos.

The plastic bowls, woven doormats, chairs, hats, beads, umbrellas, footballs and colourful rolls of fabric… This is the rhythm of Lagosians; part reality and part fantasy. The silent story of Vitturi’s human statues emerge as metaphors of the market – or perhaps as a parade where objects take centre stage… not as shopping items, but as living entities. Vitturi’s photographs go beyond a personal account of Balogun Market. The vendors, the customers, the stalls or the products which flood the shops are all different. Fascinated by the uniqueness of each object and the ingenious ways they are displayed; the photographer travelled to Nigeria multiple times to absorb its nuances and to interview the locals appearing in his photographs.

RAINBOW AMIDST CHAOS IN BALOGUN

MEET THE ARTIST

Money Must Be Made is a photographic love letter from Lorenzo Vitturi to the vivid colours, spirit and people of Balogun Street Market in Lagos, Nigeria...

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LORENZO VITTURI TEXT BY EDA DOĞANÇAY 

Photographer and sculptor Lorenzo Vitturi is our guide through an extraordinary place. His series, Money Must Be Made, brings together different disciplines, to examine the contrasts that have followed in the footsteps of urban change in Lagos. The project offers an insight into an unusual story about spatial resistance that is caught up in the triangle of globalisation, colonialism and capitalism. The defining aspect of the reality documented by Vitturi’s lens is the disparity created by the eerie emptiness of the abandoned twenty-storey Financial Trust House soaring into the sky in the middle of the ‘market place, which looks more like a festival site.

Eager to create a photographic story of regional change and the intricate nature of Balogun Market, the artist employs collage, based on the multi-dimensional bond that exists between spaces, humans and inanimate objects. Vitturi did not settle with the photographs he captured in Lagos. He took back a collection of items, purchased at the market, to his London studio, where he experimented with their colour and form, before re-photographing them to create new compositions. Actually, Vitturi’s two-dimensional installations succeed in reflecting this process, whilst also summarising the social and economic complexity of Lagos.

The plastic bowls, woven doormats, chairs, hats, beads, umbrellas, footballs and colourful rolls of fabric… This is the rhythm of Lagosians; part reality and part fantasy. The silent story of Vitturi’s human statues emerge as metaphors of the market – or perhaps as a parade where objects take centre stage… not as shopping items, but as living entities. Vitturi’s photographs go beyond a personal account of Balogun Market. The vendors, the customers, the stalls or the products which flood the shops are all different. Fascinated by the uniqueness of each object and the ingenious ways they are displayed; the photographer travelled to Nigeria multiple times to absorb its nuances and to interview the locals appearing in his photographs.

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POSITOPIA

17

OUT NOW

is a large format international biannual magazine from Istanbul. Focusing on arts, culture and society, each issue tackles various universal subjects within a distinct theme.

Address

Karaköy Tarihi Un Değirmeni Binası, Kemankeş Mahallesi, Ali Paşa Değirmen Sokak 16, 34425, Karaköy Istanbul, Turkey

+90 212 232 4288

contact@212magazine.com

POSITOPIA

17

OUT NOW

is a large format international biannual magazine from Istanbul. Focusing on arts, culture and society, each issue tackles various universal subjects within a distinct theme.

Address

Karaköy Tarihi Un Değirmeni Binası, Kemankeş Mahallesi, Ali Paşa Değirmen Sokak 16, 34425, Karaköy Istanbul, Turkey

+90 212 232 4288

contact@212magazine.com