Naluwembe Binaisa, 2023. "“We Are Moving with Technology”: Photographing Voice and Belonging in Nigeria", Citizens of Photography: The Camera and the Political Imagination, Christopher Pinney, The PhotoDemos Collective, Naluwembe Binaisa, Vindhya Buthpitiya, Konstantinos Kalantzis, Ileana L. Selejan, Sokphea Young
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Photography intrinsic to life in Nigeria since its earliest inception continues in popularity despite the ubiquity of the smartphone. The claim “we are moving with technology” amidst precarity, conflict and instability serves as a point of deep reflection posing alternative sightlines into the lives of Nigeria's citizens. Ethnographic fieldwork in South West Nigeria traces diverse image-events ranging from the intimacy of family albums, public archives, and social media to the street and urban fabric dominated by the portraiture of competing political parties. In this milieu, demotic photographing anchors circuits of visibility and belonging. The enduring relevance of indigenous cosmologies nurtured by elder studio photographers comes to the fore within competing modernities. Women and youth challenge impaired citizenship in their ongoing struggles for voice. World systems photography offers a conceptual frame through which marginalized demotic photographing practices are recentered to potentially anchor a citizenry of photography.