It's All In My Head
It’s All In My HEAD - in progress
"It's All In My Head" is a multimedia project grounded in research, delving into the coping mechanisms adopted by survivors of terrorism and extreme instances of conflict and cruelty in Nigeria.
This project combines research, dialogues, and the fusion of portrait photography, video and written narratives to craft installations that delve into the profound impact of these horrifying events on survivors' mental health and well-being.
The central aim of this project is to advocate for increased access to long-term psychosocial support for the survivors, with a strong emphasis on its pivotal role in enhancing the mental well-being of survivors.
In the last five years I have worked with more than sixty survivors of terrorism and instances of conflict and cruelty in different parts of Nigeria.
It is interesting to note that while these survivors find a way to navigate their realities as well as process their experiences, many of them never get to talk about their experiences and its impact on them mentally. Thus, the idea of "moving on” can be considered to be a charade of sorts as they are stuck in the past while grappling with their present realities.
A lot of the survivors of these atrocities struggle with depression, PTSD, and vengeful thoughts, while others have found solace in their existence and religion.
I started this project to draw the attention of society to the state of mind of some of these survivors.