Flying Girls by Peju Alatise will debut in the USA by the African American Cultural Center with support of The International Festival of Firsts organized by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Alatise is a Nigerian-based artist, architect and storyteller.
This arresting work addresses child exploitation in many forms. Flying Girls travels to the August Wilson Center from the 2017 Venice Biennale. Alatise’s installation is based on the story of Sim, a young Yoruba girl who lives in two alternate worlds. In one world, she is a nine-year old girl whose family rents her out as a domestic servant in the city of Lagos. In the dream world Sim can fly at will and is surrounded by talking birds and butterflies in a place where shadows are her friends — a moonlit planet of escapism.
Flying Girls is a little safe space where girls can be children. This USA premiere reflects the high standard of work the African American Cultural Center – August Wilson Center aspires to exhibit annually in its galleries.