Silver / 2018 / Fine Art / Architecture_FA

Inside Makoko

  • Prize
    Silver in Fine Art/Architecture
  • Photographer
    Bruno Morais

Makoko is one of the most vibrant and yet sadly famous neighborhoods in Lagos. This fishing village turned into floating slum is constantly under the threat of demolition from the Government and his inhabitants have been repeatedly evicted and their houses burnt. Most of Makoko´s inhabitants migrated from Benin in the search for a better life in the rich neighboring metropolis of Lagos. They brought their habits, their culture and their religion, Voodoo. Their life as immigrants was built with layers, bits and parts of memories and sporadic income. Their houses are the clear reflection of their status and fragility as part of the Nigerian society. With this project I tried to not only give an inside look at the surface of what the news show, but also build images that respect the structural composition of what they depict.