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About HOTSPOT Lagos
“Paradise is locked and bolted and the cherubim stands behind us; we have to go on and make the journey round the world to see if it is perhaps open somewhere at the back.” Heinrich von Kleist, On the Marionette Theatre, (1810)
In the Middle Ages, Paradise was always placed at the top of the maps, next to God, a position that guaranteed that no journey was impossible. It was generally believed at that time that a person who was not well-travelled should not talk about the world.
With the beginning of Modernity, artists stopped believing in Paradise: too long and dark were the sinister shadows being cast by the impending 20th century.
This project is undertaking a great journey with artists from Nigeria, Africa and Europe– not so much to find a hidden entrance to Paradise as to uncover the images that constitute the world of today.