a few years ago at the philadelphia museum, i viewed an amazing installation of the quilts of gee’s bend. i was reminded of them again last month at the national museum of african american history and culture.
although…at five figures each…i’ll plan to have one in my next lifetime.
the quilts of gee’s bend
red hook labs in brooklyn recently presented a show from 21st century nigerian photographer lakin ogunbanwo. in the portraits, presented in oversized scale, the subjects are indistinguishable. identically stripped bare, individuality is expressed through the power of fashion. in this case…the simplicity of a hat.
choose one 36 x 48 inch image, install it in a modernist, masculine interior. one word: powerful. another word: chic.
from the west african nation of cameroon. juju hats are worn by royalty and other prominent members of the bamileke tribe. they’re often donned by juju dancers as part of traditional dance ceremony. on your wall…singular colorful spot(s) of feathered sizzle. divine.
from the dogon people of mali. used architecturally as closures. sometimes presented as right of passage bequests. the carved symbols represent status, occupation, and various other themes of family, luck, and power. in your home it’s a chic, bespoke work of art.