Emmanuel Iduma
Emmanuel Iduma

When I write anything, I imagine I’m making an object. This notion affords me two things: one, I can think of myself as an artisan, and two the object I make can be viewed, played with, disrupted, and even loved. How does this connect with this year’s road trip? Well, it means that while on the road I will carry about this object I’m making, allowing people to touch and feel it. I want to be generous with my writing—and generosity implies honesty, and a clear form of criticality. I want this object I’m making to possess utility, to be important. And because I’ll be writing about art production on the continent, I’ll like to begin with the idea that I’m in conversation with the everyday, with the everyday artist and the everyday street-person. I wouldn’t want to be a specialist.

Above all, if you ask me the shape of this object I’m making, I’ll say it has three sides: justice, love and happiness. How can I write about art in a way that enunciates and translates these virtues? That’s what I’m going to be finding out.

PS: To read more about the Invisible Borders 22-country adventure/ road trip, visit http://www.invisible-borders.com/blog

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