The artwork makes us question our own identity in relation to the attire we wear, depending on where we are, at what point in our lives and how we connect with others through attire and within that, the codes and signals they project.
The artworks below are powerful and bold, the stillness amplifies the message almost seeming like a photographic painting.
The gallery shared the following text that relays what lies behind Lakin Ogunbanwo's artwork:
Ogunbanwo’s project began in 2012 when he first became interested in the traditional dress of ethnic groups in Nigeria: the Yoruba, Ibo, the Hausa-Fulani and others. Attire is a very clear indicator of ethnic identity in Nigeria and Ogunbanwo has observed the younger generation creating sartorial hybrids of western and traditional style thus reinventing the visual codes through which they publicly communicated aspects of themselves. In Ogunbanwo’s signature style of elegant minimalism, the aesthetic focus in this series is on light, texture, shape and silhouette.