Andrew Esiebo-Profile

is a photographer. In his practice he investigates themes as sexuality, gender politics, football, popular culture, migration, religion and spirituality. He was the winner of the 2011 Musee du Quai Branly Artistic creation prize. His work has been exhibited at the Biennale Cuvee (Linz), Dakart (Senegal), PhotoQuai biennials (France), Sao Paulo biennial (Brazil), the Guangzhou Triennial (China), ChobiMela V Photo Festival (Bangladesh), LagosPhoto Festival (Nigeria). His works have been widely published in books, magazines and websites such as New York Times, Courier International, Le Point, Financial Times, Guardian UK, Marie Claire Italia, Time Out Nigeria, Mail & Guardian online, KIT and African style magazine Arise. His attention to social issues has seen him working for several local and international NGO including Action Aids, WHO, UNICEF, Women for Women, MSH Nigeria and several others. He has participated in a number of artistic residencies. He is based in Nigeria from where he works around the world.

Andrew Esiebo-Project

Memorical Spaces

Recent reports speculate that incomparable collections of official documentation were removed from former British colonies, however only 8,800 documents where admittedly taken. In reality more than 20,000 files are held in just one building in London. Archives can be seam of evidence of how colonies where really administrated and their absence represent a huge gap of documentary heritage of a country. Memorical Spaces is a visual travel to places in memory, where non-spaces, lost or forgotten by time, are disclosed through the acute eyes of the people of Benin. This project is a kind of a visual palimpsest, a multi-layered record in which individual stories are overlaid to historical colonial facts accessible on several State archives both in United Kingdom and in Nigeria.