As the lockdown associated with the COVID-19 pandemic came into full force, Musah Yussif saw the parallels in a film that he had seen. With the series titled ‘The Room,’ Yussif uses his confinement as a stage and his routine as a performance. We see in the series, the mundane things that have been our lives.
"The idea of this work came during the lockdown. It was influenced by a movie that I had watched. Titled ‘The Room’, it was about a young lady who was trapped in a room by a kidnapper."
The Room 9 by Musah YussifOriginal Source: Nubuke Foundation
"My work relates to the situation during the lockdown where we were not allowed to go out or be in the midst of a group of people for our own betterment."
The Room 2 by Musah YussifOriginal Source: Nubuke Foundation
"It [the series of drawings] contradicts the influence from the movie that I watched where the woman didn’t have any choice when she was kidnapped. We had a choice but because of the situation of the pandemic we were supposed to stay home."
The Room 3 by Musah YussifOriginal Source: Nubuke Foundation
"That period also gave us the chance to reflect on our lives. Even though it was a problematic period for all humans, in a way we were all facing similar problems where we must confine ourselves for our own safety."
The Room 5 by Musah YussifOriginal Source: Nubuke Foundation
"The whole work is about me posing in different states when I had nothing to do other than to do the usual things like to sleep, read a book, or browse the web. It became a routine. Even though it was boring, it gave us the opportunity to reflect on ourselves, moving us away from the usual daily active activities."
The Room I by Musah YussifOriginal Source: Nubuke Foundation
"Usually, in my works I take out the setting and replace it with patterns but I excluded that and included the actual space that I existed in. That's the room and you could see the actual state of my room and the things I normally did. Compared to my other works which are more fictional, the images in these works are almost realistic. Realistic in the sense that, I am portraying the current state in which I exist in."
The Room 6 by Musah YussifOriginal Source: Nubuke Foundation
"In a way, I also try to capture things people could relate with in this period."
The Room 8 by Musah YussifOriginal Source: Nubuke Foundation
"The images also have this silent state where you can see the relationship between the subject, the setting and activities the subject engages in. I think it also opens up different interpretations. It is a self-portrait though. But it reflects the things that are going on in real life."
The Room 4 by Musah YussifOriginal Source: Nubuke Foundation