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J.D. 'OKHAI OJEIKERE

(Born 1930, Nigeria)

CHRONOLOGY

1950

Purchases Brownie camera

1954

Becomes darkroom assistant at the Ministry of Information in Ibadan

1960

Nigeria gains independence

1961

A year after Nigeria gains its independence Okjeikere becomes studio photographer, under Steve Rhodes, at Television House Ibadan

1963-1975

Publicity work at West Africa Publicity in Lagos

1967

Joins the Nigerian Arts Council

1968

Begins documenting Nigerian hairstyles

1995

First solo exhibition in Nigeria and included in exhibition in Switzerland, the first time his work is shown outside of his country

2000

Solo exhibition at the Cartier Foundation in Paris accompanied by a monograph begins a series of exhibitions throughout Europe, North America and Japan

2014

Died in Lagos, Nigeria

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles and Headdresses
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London, UK

2011

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere: Moments of Beauty
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere: Moments of Beauty
Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria

2010

Sartorial Moments
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria

2009-2010

Hairdos and Parties: African Typographies by J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere and Malick Sidibé
L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York, NY, USA

2005

Hairstyles: J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere
Blaffer Gallery, Art Museum of the University of Houston, Texas, USA

2001

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles 1968 - 1999
MAMCO (Musée d'art moderne et contemporain), Geneva, Switzerland

2000

J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014

Shaq Loves People, Expo Chicago
Flag Art Foundation (booth), Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

2013

International Art
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday
Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA, USA

Paris Photo Los Angeles Art Fair
Paramount Pictures Studios. Los Angeles, CA, USA

2012-2013

Cheveux Chéris
Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France

2011-2012

Recent Photography Acquisitions
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, USA

2010-2011

The Global Africa Project
Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY USA

STARE: The Pleasures of the Intensely Familiar and the Strangely Unexpected
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, USA

2010

The Idea of Africa (re-invented)
Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland

A Midsummer Gallery Soiree
Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA

National Black Arts Festival
Atlanta, GA, USA

70s. Photography and Everyday Life
Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands

70s. Photography and Everyday Life
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain

AIPAD, L. Parker Stephenson Photographs
Park Avenue Armory, New York, USA

2009-2010

70s. Photography and Everyday Life
Museo D'Arte Provincia di Nuoro, Nuoro, Italy

2009

70s. Photography and Everyday Life
Teatro Fernan Gomez, Photo España, Madrid, Spain

2006

100% Africa
Guggenheim Bilbao, Pigozzi Collection, Bilbao, Spain

About Africa Part One: Seydou Keita , Malick Sidibé , Jean-Dominique Burton , Jürgen Schadeberg , J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere
Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp, Belgium

2005

African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA

2004

Collection Agnès B
Les Abattoirs - Frac Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse, France

Joy of Life - two photographers from Africa: Seydou Keita , J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Nous Remontons de la "Calle" Toutes les Photographies!, Galerie du Jour Agnès B., Paris, France

2003

Highlights from the collections of Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris: William Eggleston , Beat Streuli , Bill Viola , Vik Muñiz , J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere, Pierrick Sorin
BildMuseet Umeå universitet, Umeå, Sweden

2002

Collection in Context - Recent Photography Acquisitions
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2010

Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity. Contemporary African Photography from The Walther Collection. Steidl.

2009

Willis, Deborah. Posing Beauty African American Images from the 1890s to the Present. New York: Norton.

2008

Harney, Elizabeth editor. Flava:Wedge Curatorial Projects 1997-2007. Toronto: Wedge Curatorial Projects.

2006

100% Africa, Exhibition Catalogue. TF Editors & FMGB Bilbao: Guggenheim Bilbao Museum.

2005

De Lima Greene, Alison; Alvia J. Wardlaw and Thomas McEvilley. Africa Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection, Exhibition Catalogue, Merrell and MFAH

Domino, Christophe and André Magnin. L’art africain contemporain, SCALA.

2004

Schürmann, Wilhelm and Susanne Lange. Kurzdavordanach. Gedenwart als Zwischenraum, Exhibition Catalogue, Editions Revolver Books.

2003

Parures de Tête : Hairstyles and Headdresses, Exhibition Catalogue, Editions Dapper.

2002

Geo, Photos, June 6 (German publication).

“Hair raising”, Azure, June-May. (Canadian magazine)

“Ojeikere: Hairstyles”, Word, May. (Canadian magazine)

Jordan, Betty Ann. “Crowning Glory”, Toronto Life, May. (Canadian Magazine)

2001

Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Exhibition Catalogue, Tate Modern, Tate Editions.

“El peinado como objeto de arte”, El Diario Vasco, February 6.

Agirre, Joxean. “Amets eder baten anzeko orrazkerak dituten neskak”, Gara, February 7

“J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, en Donastia “Cortes de pelo, hairstyling”, Gara, February 17.

Gonzalo, Jon. “Okhai Ojeikere: Orrazkera artearen pareko jardueratzat dugu Nigerian”, Egunkaria, February 7.

Grandjean, Emmanuel. “Ojeikere ébouriffe le Mamco et Hafif lui donne des couleurs”, Tribue de Genève, February 21.

E.D., “Le Mamco change de look avec J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere”, Tribune de Genève, March 16.

2000

Magnin, André. J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere/Photographs. Germany: Cartier Foundation with Scalo

La Beauté, Exhibition Catalogue, Palais des Papes. Avignon, France: Editions Flammarion.

J. D Ojeikere. Africa inside, Noorderlicht, Stichting Aurora Borealis.

“Ojeikere, Fondation Cartier in Tnago”, Daily Times, January 26.

“Ojeikere décioffe à la Fondation Cartier!”, Photo, no. 368, April.

Vouge, Photo, April.

Magnin, André. “L’Afrique de dos”, Jalouse, May.

Vérdenne, Elisabeth. “Inventaire au peigne fin”, L’oeil, no. 515, April.

“Ojeikere’s Hairstyle stun France”, The Guardian on Sunday, May 14.

Ryle, John. “Head Strong”, The Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Review, May 21.

Bender, Wolfgang. “J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Porträts afrikansher Frisuren”, Entwicklungs – Politik, May.

Kuntz, Joëlle. “Moments de beauté en Afrique – La coiffure comme oeuvre de l’art africain”, Le Temos, August 10.

1996

Nigerian Traditional Hairstyles, Exhibition Catalogue, Goethe- Institut: Lagos.

AWARDS

Chobi Mela Lifetime Achievement Award in Photography, Bangladesh

Nigerian Photography Award, Lifetime Achievement

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY

Cartier Foundation, Paris

Collection agnès b, Paris

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge, MA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Musée du Quai Branly, Paris

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

NSM Vie/ ABM Amro

Pigozzi Collection

Studio Museum Harlem, New York, NY

Tate Modern, London

The Walther Collection, New York/Ulm, Germany

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