Digital video, color, sound. Excerpt (various clips) of 06:19 min from 12:00 min full version.
Baby Girl, shot in Alief on the outskirts of Houston, Texas, is based on the narrative structure of a soap opera and Nollywood films. The piece moves through Houston into an empty apartment room in Alief where myself, my sister Ashstress and my father Okechukwu Alex, perform a scripted dialogue. The script is a montage of text from various sources including the film Baby Boy, CCN Africa, and Radiohead. My sister and father rewrote parts of the script, which where montaged within the found text. The script is configured in an order that can be reordered, as each statement is independent from one another. The text and image are not embedded together, disrupting the convention of narrative flow.
Text Sources: Baby Boy, by John Singleton, Columbia Pictures, 2001. CNN Africa News clips, 2008, 2012. Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations, by bell hooks, New York: Routledge, 1994. BBC news clips, 2008, 2012. Video Tape, by Radiohead, 2008. Original words by Ashstress Agwunobi, Okechukwu Alex Agwunobi, and Danielle Adobi Dean.
Shot references to Nigerian films (Nollywood): Blackberry Babes, by Obong Bassey Inyan, Simony International Ltd, 2011. Living in Bondage, by Chris Obi Rapu, 1992.