"Pineapple Kiko". J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere, Circa 1970
"Pineapple Kiko". J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere, Circa 1970 
J.D. ' Okhai Ojeikere. Sculptures for a day

01/03/2024 - 30/03/2024

La Fab. 
Place Jean-Michel Basquiat 
75013 Paris


La Fab. / la Galerie du Jour presents Sculptures for a day , the first solo exhibition by Nigerian photographer J.D ‘Okhai Ojeikere , bringing together his Hairstyles and Headdress series.
Born in 1930 in a rural community in western Nigeria, in a region where photography was still almost unknown, J.D’Okhai Ojeikere began his career during the transitional period when Nigeria gained its independence from GreatBritain. His photographic work is thus marked by the social and cultural changes brought about by liberation. Sensitive to all forms of art, but particularly those that were integrated into everyday life, Ojeikere began his Hairstyles series in 1968. This emblematic collection is rooted in the massive arrival of wigs in Nigeria in the 1950s. His lesser-known Headdress series, which he began in the early 2000s, explores the country’s different women’s headdresses, highlighting the artistic skill and aesthetics of hand-arranging the fabrics.
Through his photographs, J.D ‘Okhai Ojeikere transcends mere fashion to elevate hairstyles to the level of art, celebrating their complex patterns and sculptural dimensions.