JD ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday

1st October – 30th November 2010


The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos has, over the course of the last year (2009-2010), tailored all of its programming to interact with notions of post-coloniality and its related ambivalence. In so doing, we developed a series of projects under the thematic rubric of “On Independence and the Ambivalence of Promise.” One such project concerns exploring the intersections of art, fashion and identity, and how these relations might enable us to critically interact with the present while remaining mindful of both our past and future. Given this, we present J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday, a vibrant, yet topical, exhibition that celebrates Nigeria’s Independence and cultural heritage from the perspective of one of the country’s most esteemed and talented artist.

CCA,Lagos is excited and honoured to work with foto ojeikere to present this select body of work by internationally renowned Nigerian photographer J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere with many of the images being published for the exhibition for the first time. Other exhibitions currently featuring Ojeikere include as part of the The Idea of Africa (re-invented) Africa project #1: J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Lagos. Whilst the forthcoming solo exhibition of his works curated by Aura Seikkula and Bisi Silva will be shown at Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki as part of ARS 11 from April 2011.

Photographs courtesy Friedrich Ploch and © CCA,Lagos

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