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Ife Bronze

A work made of gelatin silver print, from the series "hairstyles".

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print, from the series "hairstyles".

Date:

1972

Artist:

J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere
Nigerian, 1930-2014

About this artwork

After Nigeria gained independence in 1960, traditional hairstyles, along with other body arts, made a comeback as forms of resistance to colonialism’s “progressive” westernization. Some of these elaborate hairstyles required more than a week’s work. They were given names freighted with cultural references; the one seen here is called Ife Bronze, referring to a group of 12th-century copper heads unearthed in 1938 at Ife in Nigeria. Studio photographer J. D. ’Okhai Ojeikere began recording these elaborate designs in 1968 and eventually made some 1,000 images over a period of decades. Ojeikere collaborated with stylists and placed his sitters against neutral backgrounds, photographing the back or side of the head to produce a sculptural presentation of the hairstyle as opposed to a conventional portrait.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere

Title

Ife Bronze

Origin

Nigeria

Date

Made 1972

Medium

Gelatin silver print, from the series "Hairstyles"

Dimensions

27.9 × 18 cm (image/paper)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Robin and Sandy Stuart

Reference Number

2015.93

Extended information about this artwork

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