J.D. `Okhai Ojeikere: Geometry, Repetition and Form

13 November 2014, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Hansi Momodu-Gordon is a curator, writer and cultural producer. As Assistant Curator at Tate Modern, she works on exhibitions, commissions and supports the research and development of Art from Africa and its Diaspora within the Tate collection.

This illustrated talk will provide audiences with a deeper insight into Ojeikere's fascinating practice. Momodu-Gordon will draw parallels between the artist's Hairstyles collection, and his lesser known photographs depicting the architecture and built environment of Nigeria over the past 50 years. The image shown above, for example, is of a hairstyle designed to represent and commemorate the rebuilding of Eko Bridge, Lagos, in the 1970s, and was popularly named after the bridge by its wearers and makers.

Looking beyond the social commentary of the Hairstyles images, Momodu-Gordon will also address the aesthetic value of Ojeikere's images and consider how the artist chooses the subject of the hairstyle to explore geometry, abstraction, repetition and form within the photographic frame.

Admission: FREE
Age range: All are welcome

 


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