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This photographic essay by Christian Lutz captures the closed world of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. Through his sharp approach the photographer conveys the malaise borne by civil societies that endure the consequences of these highly lucrative financial interests. The result is a bitter statement that tackles the unequal power relations between the dominators and dominated – a dark picture of how the overly abundant mineral resources of Africa are being exploited.
During three successive trips to Nigeria, from 2009 to 2010, Christian Lutz documents this relation between dominator and dominated through two different angles. On the one hand, he photographs expatriated businessmen from the capital Abudja in their private life, at work and amid negotiations with Nigerian state employees. On the other hand, he investigates the local pollution in the Niger Delta, wherein lies the oil.