Coming to the Portland Building Installation Space: Bukola Koiki’s “JJC (Journey Just Come)”

Bukola Koiki’s JJC (Journey Just Come) will be at the Portland Building Installation Space from August 15 through September 9, 2016.

This  installation is aimed at exploring the immigrant experience through the specific linguistic phenomena of the patois, slang and vernacular that is inherent in navigating the spaces between and within disparate cultures. The artist explains, “As a Nigerian-American immigrant myself, I am particularly interested in pidgin, which is a grammatically simplified means of communication that develops between two or more groups that do not have a language in common…In Nigeria, a country of over 500 known languages, communication can be truly daunting at times.”

To explore this idea of communication and miscommunication, the artist will fill the Installation Space with a profusion of  brightly colored flags that will showcase Pidgin English sayings extracted from the local language in Lagos, Nigeria.

Viewing Hours & Location: The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in downtown Portland and is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. JJC (Journey Just Come) opens August 15 and runs through September 9, 2016.

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