Ivy Mills is a lecturer in the Visual and Literary Cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora in the History of Art Department at UC Berkeley. Her current book project is Iconographies of Exclusion: Gender, Animality, and the Limits of Community in Senegalese Visual Culture.
Amélie Mbaye, Naky Sy Savané, Adizelou Sidi, Unwana Udobeong,
Four women meet while riding buses across West African borders, starting in Dakar and traveling to Lagos through Bamako, Cotonou, and Ouagadougou. Despite the gorgeous landscapes of the Atlantic coast and the Sahel, not everything is beautiful: they undergo car breakdowns in the stifling heat, face highway robbers, and endure fights between passengers. But their worst fears are realized in the liminal space of the border itself, where they witness great corruption, violence against women, and dangerous traffic. To survive, the women must stick together and take care of each other: the consequences of this trip will change their lives.
Abba T. Makama, Michael Gouken Omonua, C. J. “Fiery” Obasi, Nigeria, 2017
Three short films from the Surreal16 collective inspired by dreams and visions.