Daniel Obasi’s New Film – ‘An Alien in Town’
The afrofuturistic auteur, artistic director and savvy sociologist shows Nigerian fashion through an awesome alien lens.
‘An Alien in Town‘ is an avant-garde take on Africa’s inter-linkages with the outside world. Nigerian polymath Daniel Obasi explores notions of esthetics and appropriation, and blurs the socio-sartorial lines around the global, the local and the otherworldly. Fusing forces with influential African fashion brand Vlisco, the creators combine elements of science fiction, historiography, fantasy, Afrocentrism, and magical realism to deliver a clever critique of techno-culture, economics, aesthetics and the dilemmas faced by the developing world.
An Alien in Town follows three subjects (above), two human and one alien, on a casual journey through Nigeria. On this adventure, the anonymous alien is plucked from Nigeria’s majestic rustic outskirts by a dapper couple and invited to spend a day in the rollicking realm of Lagos. Throughout the five-minute short, the displaced character manages to master the seemingly complex task of eating with a spoon and begins to digest the vastness of Lagos’ bustling and hustling streets.
Sporting Nigerian brands Tokyo James and Abiola Olusola, the film takes an ontological-existential approach to things and explores the nature of being and becoming vis-a-vis fashion. Slick styles designed for Vlisco & Co’s collaborative series showcase sizzling separates and energetic, beaded accessories. Incorporating exuberant visual elements and an amazing transcultural-cum-African style, the film sees fashion through a foreign — e.g., alien lens.
The alien character symbolizes an outsider, who like so many people living elsewhere, is not in tune with the realities and nuances of modern Nigeria. “It was really about building on the idea of having a stranger who has no idea what African fashion is or what it is like to be in Lagos,” said the director. “I wanted An Alien in Town to document that experience in a very simple everyday scenario that is completely relatable.” This film is basically beautiful. Watch it here. Great work → Daniel Obasi & Co.
Images via ‘An Alien in Town‘
VIVISXN MEDIA – Fashion + Art + Nigerian Fashion + Film