Friday, March 20, 2009
Visual Essay no. 1: Niger Pipeline Timeline
The purpose of the visual essay was to depict escalation as it has occurred in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The main character is none other than Esu, the Yoruba god of discord. He is dressed, equipped, and acting in the manner of the militant group, MEND (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta). The color scheme and patterns are a reflection of Esu's androgynous nature, and symbolic of the ethical gray area some consider MEND's actions. However, the violent and morally deplorable actions presented in the images are contrary to the effiminate manner in which they are rendered, a reflection of what I think the situation has come to in the Niger Delta.