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From Lagos to the Bronx, Photographer Osaretin Ugiagbe Documents the In-Between

Osaretin Ugiagbe's latest exhibit "Unbelonging" depicts themes of dislocation, loneliness and an urgency to assert one's self.

DIASPORA—Fifteen years ago, Osaretin Ugiagbe left the sprawling metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria, for the South Bronx in New York City. Unbeknownst to the immigrant teenager, his new home was infamous for high levels of poverty and unemployment. But the neighborhood intrigued young Ugiagbe—particularly the working elevator that led to his father’s studio apartment where he, his four siblings and his mum lived for a year.

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