‘I dream of an inter-city railway.’
This week we meet Medina Dugger. Medina Dugger is a photographer and independent curator based in Lagos, Nigeria. Dugger has co-curated four editions of the LagosPhoto Festival, the first and only international festival of photography in Nigeria. She has also an avid promoter of women’s art, design and photography.
Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. By asking the same five questions to all our interviewees, we discover not only how our experiences of the city differ, but also what we share. It is a daunting task to try and capture the diverse experiences of our city’s inhabitants, but we feel that it is a worthy, and necessary, endeavor, in order to better understand the present and future of our city.
Question: What about Lagos inspires you the most?
The creative movement currently taking place inspires me most about Lagos. I believe Lagos, Nigeria is undergoing a peaceful revolution led by creatives. This is visible in many different industries and mediums: fashion, art, music, performance, writing, photography, design — it’s all exploding here, now, with creatives collaborating in unexpected and magical ways.
Q: Do you have a secret space or place that you enjoy in the city?
Freedom Park. It’s a former prison, now reclaimed green space for creative and recreational purposes. It is an inspiring example of revival and what the future could hold for Lagos Island.
Q: What was the last exciting event you attended in the city?
A charity picnic (for Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice) which took place on a rooftop in Yaba, coordinated by Picnickers Anonymous of Lagos.
Q: What frustrates you about the city?
The TRAFFIC. I dream of an inter-city railway.
Q: You can have dinner with one person living or dead. Who is it and why?
Diana Vreeland — a creative genius and style icon. I am fascinated by her brain, her passionate approach, her vision and confidence.