Lagos is home to about 25 million people, many of whom live in unplanned settlements. Lagos is a paradigmatic mix of traditions, popular wisdom, local knowledge interweaved with global awareness. Nigerian-born Olalekan Jeyifous, who is based in New York, wanted to draw attention to the poor standard of living within the deprived settlements by moving them into the centre of the city. 'These images juxtapose sites of privileged and much coveted real-estate throughout Lagos, with colossal vertical settlements representing marginalised and impoverished communities,' says Jeyifous. He will show this and more work during his lecture Urbanisms New Future.
Olalekan Jeyifous is a Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist and designer. In May 2000 he received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Cornell University where his primary focus was experimenting with the application of various computer software in the creation of art, design and architecture. After graduating he enjoyed a four year tenure as a senior designer at the inimitable dbox before continuing on to pursue my creative compulsions full-time. Since then he has exhibit his artwork in venues throughout the world as well as create beautiful visuals for a variety of clients.