Lagos Sand Merchants
(Karimah Ashadu, 2013, 9.5 min)
Lagos Sand Merchants focuses on a group of ‘Sand Merchants’ on the outskirts of Lagos, arduously trawling the Lagos State Lagoon and unearthing sand deep from the river bed for the construction industry.
The film is led by the ‘Rotate 2 Mechanism (Drumroll)’ – a dynamic revolving device that challenges spatial perception. As the mechanism is actioned, the moving image lurches towards the ground and comes back up again, as if surfacing for air.
The mechanism becomes a mirror for the task – producing a rhythmic quality that reflects the monotonous yet poetic relationship between the merchants and the lagoon.
World Premiere, Video