HIStory of the Never-Used Ajaokuta Steel Plant 2002, from the series 'Masquerade: Nigerian Hits Michael Jackson'
© Owen Logan

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HIStory of the Never-Used Ajaokuta Steel Plant 2002, from the series 'Masquerade: Nigerian Hits Michael Jackson' 2002
  • Scottish Art
In 2001, whilst travelling in Nigeria, Logan came across a Michael Jackson performer in a Kaduna nightclub. Struck by the audience’s response to the performance, he resolved to make an extended photo essay about the figure of Jackson as he travelled. ‘Masquerade’ is a biting satire about society and politics in postcolonial Nigeria. It draws on Nigerian popular culture and traditional spiritual forms to articulate a critique of contemporary globalisation aimed at African audiences. Using digital montage techniques, we see Jackson turned to stone in front of Ajaokuta steel plant which was plagued with allegations of bribery and corruption. Both singer’s statue and steel plant can be seen as controversial monuments to scandalous pasts.

Glossary Open

Montage

Forming one artwork by combining other works or pieces of them.

Satire

This refers to the use of irony and sarcasm as a means to ridicule the subject’s vices.

Montage, Satire

Details

  • Acc. No. PGP 61.52
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 30.20 x 40.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2006