The Windowall Gallery is located inside Ken Saro-Wiwa’s old office around which Boys’ Quarters Project Space is established. Visitors look through a glass door to view his old office and the works projected on the wall.
Formerly the window Ken would have looked out of, it is now a wall where photos and video installations that relate to his life and legacy as well as works that relate to the very idea of memory are displayed. Named The Windowall Gallery, it is now the window to somewhere else: his soul or perhaps the places that he has reached that we have not yet seen or understood. A place to re-imagine how we remember and reframe the ways in which we face the future.
Find information on the Windowall installations below:
EXCERPTS FROM KEN’S LIBRARY
Our first Windowall exhibit (31st May – 29th Aug) featured 50 books from Ken Saro-Wiwa’s library. Great writers are often great readers. As Port Harcourt is UNESCO book capital of the year and as Ken Saro-Wiwa used to be education minister of Port Harcourt, an exploration of this Niger Delta icon’s reading habits seemed apt. Ken’s interest lay in promoting literacy as well as literary excellence. The breadth and variety of his literary diet is of particular interest when set against the diminishing literacy rates of 21st century Nigeria. See the installation by clicking below:
KEN SARO-WIWA AND THE OGELE:
From 17th Sept till 6th Dec, The Windowall featured “Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogele” which explored how Saro-Wiwa has been folklorised by masquerade groups in Ogoniland. Download gallery notes on this show here and view the installation below:
From 13th Dec 2014 till 21st Feb 2015, the Windowall features a durational video installation piece made by Zina Saro-Wiwa. It documents the journey her father would have taken from the house in Port Harcourt to the office which is the same journey Zina now takes from the same house to the same office that is now Boys’ Quarters gallery. The work explores movement and change from a historical perspective that is both internal and external, personal and political. In early 2015 a shorter web version of this film will appear online which will feature a voiceover of one of Ken Saro-Wiwa’s newspaper columns. (Below: a still from “Journey” by Zina Saro-Wiwa (2014) video approx 40minutes).