Exhibition theme, Living on the Edge, takes on new meaning as artists and squatters at disused railway shed turfed out by state-owned railway company
When the organisers of Nigerias first biennial art exhibition called it Living on the Edge, they could not have known how painfully apt the theme would be.
It was inspired by the squatters living in the carriages and buildings of a disused railway shed, and their counterparts across Lagos, where housing is in short supply, and vast wealth and abject poverty exist side by side. Artists were invited to investigate the realities of the losers in societies around the world the unseen majority who are pushed to the brink of their existence.
The families living in the old railway shed were surprised that anyone would want to host an exhibition in their run-down, leaky home, but got involved, digging trenches so it would not flood, sawing wood for the installations and helping to clean up.