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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.

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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

Restricted gift of Robin and Sandy Stuart

Reference Number

2015.93

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