Nigeria wastes billions of pounds worth of gas in flaring, burnt off as a byproduct of collecting oil, causing terrible pollution and health issues. With Ụlọ, which translates as 'home', the Nigerian team looked at how to restore environmental balance to the fragile Niger Delta. The installation, a contemporary take on a typical home in the region, was raised on stilts elevated above an oil trough, suggesting a utopian future where oil was perceived in alternate ramifications. Other exhibits included objects made from recycled petroleum products, an interactive light installation about gas flares, and a survival raincoat designed to deal with flash floods.
Design Team: Gozi Ochonogor, Shola Orekoya, Folakunle Oshun
Curator: Gozi Ochonogor
Supporting Bodies: ArtHouse Foundation; Aspire Microfinance Bank; Ford Foundation; John Obayuwana; U.Mi-1;Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation; Contributors: Portfolio Architecture; Charley Brentnall; Ifigeneia Dilaveraki; Jack Hawker; MitiMeth; Studio Seventi; Bini Struct-e