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Museum of Injury || 2021 || Riot Material || Web

On the canon, orality, Taoism, liberation, Museums as the physicalization of how we narrate the world, etc

Photography as Bildungsroman ||2020|| Riot Material || Web

//The texts have value because the inner evolution of the soul has value, and these are the questions Eskenazi is really asking, in and of the world. The books document how his work worked on him; how implicit biases woven into initial questions can be untangled through the response if the seeker is slow and permeable enough…//

Associations D’Élegance||Kinshasa||2019||Berlin Quarterly||PDF

On types of power, dust, l’invisible, colonialism, capitalism, sex work and intuition. Shortlisted for the Stack Magazines 2019 Best Original Non-Fiction Award.

We Are All Sentimental || Dakar || 2017 || Nataal ||WEB

On Joël Andrianomearisoa, love, and Revue Noire, a monumental art magazine from the 90s.

Versage||Nigeria/China||2018||Nataal||PDF WEB

On knockoff designer designers. A kaleidoscopic exploration of urbanity, of a city stacked with universes, and all the places that exist in one. It is about the worlds we construct from our respective vantage points and everywhere layered into everywhere, as twisting and sprawling as Versage prints. Winner of the Stack Magazines 2018 Best Original Non-Fiction Award.

All in and out of Time || 2020 || The Common || Web

//This is a story about stacked tenses. It is an essay about the present tense: a now that is continually layered with what is coming and what is going, what is half buried, and what may bear fruit.

It is about seeing more than is comprehensible and learning to make sense of it. It’s about the dance between receptivity and agency. It’s about history in the present, clairvoyance, and freedom…//

The Revolution is Reclined || 2020 || Dust Magazine || Web PDF

//We must live in the world that we want to create for all of us. Spread it outward from the strength of our center. This too, is what this interior time offers us. Time to consider our structures, to see the ways they are not serving us, and realign them to allow us all to be our full selves everywhere…//

The Center of the World is Everywhere || 2018 || Very Vary Veri a journal of the Harvard School of Design. || PDF Web

//Embedded in the concept of “development” is the idea of a trajectory with an agreed upon destination. Development projects, with their imagined futures, promote ahistorical narratives in which the implied modernity of a new construction transforms a space construed as archaic. But everywhere exists at once. Each place has a history as deep as any other, a series of happenings over centuries.//

On Reverence and Relation || 2019 || PDF Slides Haverford Magazine Profile

Transcript and slides of a talk given at Haverford College on portraiture, reverence, the tangibility and visibility of relationships in photographs, violent and loving looking, and photography that extends past the frame into sculptures, dimensionality, silence and relation.

Asmara with the Luminaries || Asmara || 2019 || WePresent || WEB

A History of Feelings, on love songs, luminosity, endurance, liberation.

Interiors||Arts and Africa|| and Litro ||

On intimacies, portraiture and reverence.

Space For My Thoughts To Fly ||Nigeria||2018||Guernica||WEB

On Lagos, on my apartment, on nomadism, toxicity, and the question of home.

Streets of Goma||Democratic Republic of Congo||2018||The Common|| WEB

Tussling with the violence of journalism and flat narratives for reality; seeking truth and photographing feelings.

Things Fall Apart||Lagos||2018||The Atavist||WEB

A feat of elegant design wowed elite architects and promised to bring education to poor children in Nigeria. Then it collapsed. This story explores the widening gap between truth and gloss and the social splintering that underpinned the structure’s physical erosion. It is also about lies in all their shapes, the myths we tell to make this painful world more palatable, and the ethics of experimentation and representation. It’s about greyness and complexity and argues that while there are heroic and generous actions, there are no pure heroes (or villains). Longlisted for the One World Media Popular Feature award 2019.

Paris is Burning Goes Global||Paris||2019||The New York Times||WEB

On liberation, self expression, and voguing.

The Center of the World is Everywhere || 2018 || PDF   Poster

“Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood,” – Henry Miller

Transcript of a talk given at Haverford College reflecting on journalism; the violence of formulaic, western-centered narratives when documenting elsewhere; and attempts to broaden conceptions of truth.

Why Infanticide is a Problem in Senegal ||Senegal||2018||NPR||WEB

This piece is on empathy, mostly. Also on isolation, shame, paranoia, trauma. I wrote on impossible pregnancies, victim-perpetrators and infanticide in Senegal.

On Alara || Nigeria|| 2017 || Moon Man Magazine || Text

An Essay on the Alara store designed by David Adjaye in Lagos, and on desperately needed bombastic self love; regal, radical architecture; itchy ascension and uneasy inequalities. 

Redemption Camp || Nigeria || 2017 || Goethe Institute, Hotspots Lagos || WEB

On solitude en masse, sacred spaces and human divinity.

Fools Gold: On Oil and its Discontents || Nigeria || 2015 || Institute of Current World Affairs || WEB

On slippery borders, friendly smugglers, secret scars, lotteries, motorcycles, artificial scarcities, legitimate hoarding, and decayed wales.

Perilous Delivery: Inside India’s Maternal Health Care Crisis || India || June 2014 || The Los Angeles Review of Books || WEB

A Profile of Malti Devi, the birth czar of small town Bihar, India.

India’s Other Sexual Violence || February 2013 || The Atlantic|| WEB

Women in India face violence throughout their reproductive lives. In light of recent high profile rape cases, a look at violence against women and maternal mortality.