Wednesday, August 2

From Lagos to the Bronx, Photographer Osaretin Ugiagbe Documents the In-Between

South Bronx, New York, 2017
"Fifteen years ago, Osaretin Ugiagbe left the sprawling metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria, for the South Bronx in New York City. Unbeknownst to the immigrant teenager, his new home was infamous for high levels of poverty and unemployment. But the neighborhood intrigued young Ugiagbe—particularly the working elevator that led to his father’s studio apartment where he, his four siblings and his mum lived for a year. In a bid to fit in at school and claim his new home, he asked friends and classmates to call him by his middle name, Charles, but that didn’t stop him from having to constantly explain himself. His accent often betrayed his otherness. 'A lot of people would ask me where are you from?’ Ugiagbe found solace from this displacement through art, painting and photography. ..."
NY Times: Of the Bronx and of Nigeria
Osaretin Ugiagbe
YouTube: Reflection, Studio