It’s common for artists to use their experiences, good or bad, as source material for their work. Art teachers will tell you authenticity comes from involving your personal experiences in your art. The same is true with Chamberlin Ukenedo, Nigerian artist trained at the IMT, Enugu who grew up in Lagos and experienced the ‘One Chance’ phenomenon.
‘One Chance’ for non-Lagos residents is a form of literal highway robbery where passengers in small commuter buses are robbed at gun or knifepoint. Often times, victims are tossed out of the buses at high speed, injuring horrific injuries. His latest series ‘Danfo Chronicles’ (Danfo = local lingo for Commuter buses) is inspired by one these experiences and while the experience must have been quite traumatic, Chamberlin manages to make it completely relatable to anyone who lives and hustles in Lagos.
It’s my experience as a pedestrian and street boy some time back and the lifestyle of Lagosians, I grew up in Lagos. The inspiration is from what I see daily and you shall see more. I have been a victim of one chance. They stabbed me.
I have child hood friends who dropped out of school and are now bus drivers and conductors. I still see some of them. I grew up in ojota. The truth for me is… If we don’t document Lagos as insiders, the wrong people will rule it, people with unclear or negative perception. Hope to exhibit the Lagos series some day.
The process are of different mediums, some are digital and some are oil on canvas.
I have an exhibition coming up something this first quarter of 2017 titled EVERYDAY PEOPLE. And I have a social media week art thing coming up.