J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere - Photographs London Wednesday, October 31, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    MAGNIN-A, Paris

  • Exhibited

    J.D. ´Okhai Ojeikere, Fondation Cartier, Paris, 4 April - 27 May 2000, others
    Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, 29 October 2015 - 21 February 2016, others
    Africa, Architecture, Culture and Identity, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, 25 May - 25 October 2015, others

  • Literature

    A. Magnin, J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere: Photographies, Paris: Fondation Cartier, 2000, cover and pp. 91 (variant), 102, 139, 149 (variant)

  • Catalogue Essay

    For over 30 years J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere turned his camera towards the hair of Nigerian women. Photographing hairstyles for all occasions from the everyday to the ceremonial, he created a visual history that both recalled the past and captured the present. For Ojeikere, Hairstyles, conceived at a time when photographers in Africa did not embark on non-commercial projects, was an artistic and ethnographic celebration of Nigerian culture.




Unique polyptych, comprising six gelatin silver prints, printed later.
Each image: 43.2 x 44.2 cm (17 x 17 3/8 in.) approximately
Each sheet: 61 x 51 cm (24 x 20 1/8 in.)

All signed, dated, one titled, five variously numbered, all in ink, and credit blindstamps in the margins; five signed, dated, annotated by Philippe Salaün, printer, in pencil and printer’s stamps on the verso.

This polyptych is unique. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago and Victoria and Albert Museum hold other works from this series.

£30,000 - 50,000 

Contact Specialist
Genevieve Janvrin
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+33 1 53 71 77 87

Yuka Yamaji
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London Auction 1 November 2018