16 December 2021 12am

Onyeka Igwe gives a virtual tour of her solo exhibition, THE REAL STORY IS WHAT’S IN THAT ROOM. Speaking to her research into the power and politics of colonial film archives, and the architectural spaces that house them, Igwe gives us a glimpse into her commissioned film, a so-called archive (2020).



2021–22 Online Engagement Supported by TD Bank Group.


Cinematography, Editing & Captioning by Vuk Dragojevic.

Onyeka Igwe is an artist and researcher working between cinema and installation, born and based in London, UK. Through her work, Onyeka is animated by the question—how do we live together?—with particular interest in the ways the sensorial, spatial and non-canonical ways of knowing can provide answers to this question.

The film, a so-called archive (2020) is co-commissioned by Mercer Union, Toronto; Plug In ICA, Winnipeg; and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin with support from Julia Stoschek Collection; Outset Germany_Switzerland; Arts Council England; and Projections: Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.


Mercer Union thanks Leading Supporters Nuyten Dime Foundation and acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts through the Foreign Artist Tours program.


THE REAL STORY IS WHAT’S IN THAT ROOM is presented in partnership with British Council and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.



In-kind sponsorship is provided by Panasonic through its partnership program for cultural institutes.


Onyeka IgweTHE REAL STORY IS WHAT’S IN THAT ROOM. Installation view: Mercer Union, 2021. Courtesy the Artist. Video still: Vuk Dragojevic.