After his debut novel, Lonely Roads, and being shortlisted for the prestigious Miles Morland Scholarship for African writers in United Kingdom and the OYA awards at home in Nigeria; William Ifeanyi Moore returns with UNCENSORED, a collection of poetry and photography rendered to open conversation around aspects of society most would rather sweep under the carpet.
In the project, working closely with photographer Faith Chinwendu Chigbu, themes like the dehumanisation of prostitutes and their clients, the challenge with free thinking and expression, mental health, subjectivity of beauty, aggression with language and so much more are touched on. Not conforming to typical styles of poetry demanding of rhyme structures and verse arrangement, the poems in UNCENSORED are intentionally rough, jagged and jarring in a way that is both easy to understand and evocative at the same time.
By way of form for presentation, a physical exhibition of the poems and photographs can be seen in the Revolving Art Incubator with audio and visual projections alongside visual art works of Mickey Akasolonye Moore in the Intergenerational Expression exhibition. The venue is located in Silver Bird Galleria, Lagos.
The release and reception of UNCENSORED marks another milestone in the progression of the Nigerian contemporary literary culture, especially in the domain of poetry and experimentation. It is truly an exciting time to witness so many young voices making cultural contributions in the arts. We hope to see more of this and we hope you enjoy this collection while pondering some of the serious themes.
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