2nd Lagos OPEN RANGE  “Primal Dust of The World”

Open Call Deadline: 30th June 2017.

The earth has often been described as an ‘insignificant’ planet in our universe. The great American Astrophysicist Carl Sagan famously referred to it (earth) as the ‘pale blue dot’. An allusion ‘to the photograph of planet Earth taken by the Voyager space probe from the distance of about 6 billion kilometres. In the photograph, Earth’s apparent size is less than a pixel; the planet appears as a tiny dot against the vastness of space…’* Indeed, an insignificant place to call home!

Man’s quest to exploit the earth’s natural resources has consequently contributed in tipping the natural equilibrium against man himself. An irony indeed! We find ourselves (in all corners of the world) struggling to cope with the damage we have inflicted on our planet. The impact (of the damage) is far reaching, encompassing almost every aspect of our planet – climate, environment and geology. In recent years a new dimension has been added to the debate; the skeptical view of some governments and indeed think tanks – that global warming is just a made-up concept, an abstraction peddled only by the liberal intellectuals who have a grudge against the industrialised world for dominating global capital and wealth.

In spite of the above misgivings, there has been progress and steady advancement in other spheres especially in science and technology, the global economy, sports, arts and culture. In the sciences, new ways of treating and combating deadly diseases like Ebola, malaria and HIV are been developed. Technologies that can help our understanding of not just our planet but also the entire universe are deployed around and into space on regular intervals. In economy and culture – the accessible networks made possible by the internet and media ensures that collaborative activities and transactions can be completed with literally, a click of the button and real time relays of global event can be followed, as it is happening, by fervent collaborators in any part of the world.

As we become ever more reliant on modern technology, our lives have evolved accordingly adapting to the diverse changes it brings into our homes, work places and the environment. Of course, there are disparities in the appropriation of technology globally. This disparity, also reflect in the production of wealth that may encourage or hinder development within our immediate or wider spaces. It is this drift that, by direct or implicative action, lead to tensions, war or terrorism, forced migration of displaced people or civil strife within national borders in different parts of the world.

Some exemplars could be the Middle East, which is probably the main geopolitical hotspot area in the world since the last century. In recent years with the advent of the Arab Spring, the tension and instability have seeped into neighbouring countries. Syria and Iraq are at wars on several fronts with the terrorist such as the Islamic State, which is posing the most threat to the region and the wider world in general. The geopolitical implications are far reaching as the main power blocs – United States, Russia and China jostle with each other in order to protect their interests. Seemingly, the United Nations has been sidelined and become practically ineffective in curbing these precarious circumstances. UN’s inability to resolve these global tensions, in the interest of humanity, has led to the entrenchment of violence and insecurity globally.

Africa’s burgeoning population has often been highlighted as a problem that needs to be managed. It is true that African governments should do more to protect their economies and people from global environmental problems such as drought, desertification. How can African leaders capitalize on the growing population and probably appropriate such enormous human resources as its greatest assets? Rapidly growing economies like Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire need to explore in depth, the impact of technology and its appropriation in global empowerment and better living.

Questions of the use of technology in tackling problems such as endemic corruption, poor education, health, transportation, urban planning and agriculture, should guide leadership policies within and beyond the continent. How do these once minute particles of socio-political and economic energies escalate to a cyclonic force of reactions, combustion and productions in our ‘pale blue dot’ called Earth? It is in this context, the theme for the 2nd Lagos Open Range, Primal Dust of The World is anchored.

The 2nd Lagos Open Range is interested in how people and technology have influenced, changed and transformed our world, the way we live and how we share and negotiate the resources available to us. The theme, Primal Dust of The World gives latitude to interested participants to explore other dimensions of life from personal, virtual and detached spaces.

The theme allows for a repertoire of ideas and concepts that will enable a visual reading of the 21st century world – what we have become, how we coexist in the present and what the future might hold. Topics such consumerism, the family, communities, modernism, religion, sports, entertainment, culture and populism in politics are areas artists are invited to respond to. The theme will also look at population growth in terms of immigration and migration within and beyond Africa. Also global question of violence, war and political instability as well as environment and global warming are key parts of the project’s thematic structure.

Applications are sort from artists and contributors who work in the medium photography and video. Consideration will be given to submissions that meet the requirement and guidelines stated below:


1. A short bio (maximum 150 words, .doc) and CV (maximum 300 words, .doc)

2. A profile (portrait) photograph (150 dpi and 8 inches X 6inches)

3. A consistent body of work relating to the Lagos Open Range theme comprising of 20 photographs. All photographs must have a resolution of 300 dpi with dimension not larger than 1200 X 1800 pixels. For video, not more than three is required and all in HD and saved as .mov. The duration of the video should not exceed 12 minutes for each.

4. Project description/Artist statement of proposed/submitted works (300 words, .doc). The text must have the following:

(a) Name of artist/group

(b) Technical specification (dimensions, sizes, duration, year of production, place of production etc.)

(c) A sketch of how the work should be presented or installed (PDF).

(d) Overall title of work and captions for each photograph.

(e) Each work must be labeled with the artist’s name, date, title, caption and LOR2

(e.g. obu_peter_2_8_2017_myface_kitten_facenumber1_LOR2).

(f) Year of production (all works must have to be from 2016 and onwards)


All participants must ensure that these conditions are met:

1. LOR2 may use submitted photographs and artists name in promotional materials and other LOR2 publication that relate to Lagos Open Range projects without compensation.

2. The applicant/participant is the original producer/copyright owner of the submitted works/materials and the LOR2 is authorised to use the materials (photographs and videos) submitted.

3. The submitted materials (photographs and videos) will not infringe on any third party copyright ownership.

4. The submitted materials (photographs and videos) are not stolen, plagiarised, fraudulent or counterfeit.

All materials (texts, photographs and videos) should be sent through Wetransfer to: [email protected]

Incomplete applications/submissions that do not meet the aforementioned requirements and conditions will not be accepted.

Applications by the Nlele Alumni will be given priority attention but must meet the set out standard and quality. Other Nigerian photographers and video artists with body of works relating to the LOR2 theme are welcomed to apply. Collectives or photography groups in other African countries can send in a proposal to participate in an invitational capacity.

This call for Submission of application is opened from the 5th May – 30th June 2017.

Featured image (c) Logor Oluwamuyiwa.