Jerwood Staging Series 2019: Onyeka Igwe – There Were Two Brothers

04 Sep 2019


Jerwood Arts, 171 Union Street , London

There Were Two Brothers features the premiere screening of the names have changed including my own and truths have been altered, a new film work by Onyeka Igwe. The work brings together three interconnected narratives – a story of the artists’ grandfather, one of ‘the land’, and another detailing an encounter with Nigeria – which the film  attempts to tell in as many ways as possible. This is installed on a loop throughout the evening, accompanied by an installation of images, objects and soundscapes that relate to the central folk story that structures the film.

Onyeka Igwe is an artist filmmaker, programmer and researcher. She was born and is based in London. In her non-fiction video work, she uses dance, voice, archive and text to expose a multiplicity of narratives. The work explores the physical body and geographical place as sites of cultural and political meaning.  Her works have been screened at ICA, London, Guildhall Art Gallery, London; and at film festivals internationally including the London Film Festival, 2015; Rotterdam International, Netherlands, 2018 and 2019; Edinburgh Artist Moving Image, 2016; Images Festival, Canada, 2019, and the Smithsonian African American film festival, USA, 2018. Recent solo projects include a collaborative exhibition with Aliya Pabani, Corrections, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada, 2018 and a  solo exhibition, No Dance, No Palaver, Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Hawick, Scotland, 2018.

This is free to attend. Booking is required via Eventbrite.

Onyeka Igwe, the names have changed including my own and truths have been altered, 2019. Still. Image courtesy the artist.