Boys’ Quarters Project Space is a pop-up contemporary art gallery that opened on 31st May 2014 in downtown Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The project has a life of two years and is conceived and curated by artist Zina Saro-Wiwa and managed by Niger Delta artist Perrin Oglafa. The gallery’s local exhibition program is supported by The African Arts Trust.
Our current exhibition is “The Restless Grove” featuring works by Perrin Oglafa and a new video work by Zina Saro-Wiwa. The show is curated by Zina Saro-Wiwa. We are open Wed-Sat 11am-6pm, 24 Aggrey Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Boys’ Quarters shows work by local Niger Delta artists as well as a national and international programme of artists. The space offers a conceptual and critically-engaged intervention into Port Harcourt’s visual art scene. The works commissioned and shown through Boys’ Quarters will produce fresh imagery and more in-depth reflections on Niger Delta inner life and environments. In effect helping re-imagine the region.
“The Boys’ Quarters” is the colloquial name given to the servants’ quarters, a post-colonial hangover and an ever-present feature of modern West African life. The place where, to this day, servants and sometimes extended family members live. We believe that in order to transcend limitation and excel – a Nigerian pre-occupation – we must run towards and not away from The Boys’ Quarters. We must investigate ourselves, go inwards as a society then reflect and expand upon who we are from our core. Our true wealth is in the people at every level of society.
The gallery is situated in the old offices of the late writer, activist and Nobel-Nominee, Ken Saro-Wiwa, in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State and also the country’s oil industry. Boys’ Quarters Project Space is made up of two small gallery spaces, a reading room and Ken Saro-Wiwa’s actual office which is now a miniature museum site hosting projected photographic and video installation works relating to Ken’s personal life and international legacy.