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The Perception of Identity: Inside and Outside N.Y.C.

Posted on 2012/03/28

Artist Iké Udé in an interview about dandyism, self expression and his aim to make streets a more beautiful place to stroll. Published on  Worn Through Magazine (photo credits: Iké Udé, Sartorial Anarchy #2, 2010, source):

As a resident New Yorker, is there a typical response by city dwellers? Is the response different when you travel outside of the City? Does attention drive your efforts in any way?

I’m originally from Lagos, Nigeria. I’ve lived here since the 1980s. Yet, every day, people ranging from vendors, taxi drivers and various service industry workers to the smart set I meet at various social/cultural functions, invariably assume that I’m a visitor even before I speak a word. And when I lived full-time in Nigeria, in cities such as Lagos and Enugu, I met with the same, “are-you-visiting” type reactions. Same thing when I’m in London. Moreover, the responses I get from places like say, Italy, Paris, Vienna and Berlin are even more intensely dramatic. So, I seem foreign, a perpetual visitor, wherever I am. For better or worse, I’m used to it and even use it to my advantage–in the sense that as a visitor or brother from another planet, I’m not supposed to conform to the petty, tedious, low laws/ethics of the land.

The Costume Party

Posted on 2012/03/27

The Wyspa Institute of Art in Gdańsk, Poland has got an Maryam Jafri exhibition on view, displaying her pieces Staged Archive, Deal With Friends and Costume Party.
What makes Maryam Jafri`s work that interesting is her idea of blurring the boundaries of visual codes and styles within her work in photography, video and performance. The video installation Costume Party shows 18 different characters from definitive moments in Western history, from antiquity to the present. One can find a Victorian widow, a cowboy, a crusader, a monk and an imperal British naval officer among others.
Due to the video`s presentation on three different screens and to ever changing perspectives of the (stage) play, Jafri investigates the subjectivity of history, but, furthermore, the narrative and visual function of fashion becomes clear in this absurd scene, where clothes from various historical periods clash and obviously make it an unbelievable Costume Party, rather than a historical moment.

Maryam Jafri: Stages
February 4 – March 11, 2012

Institute Sztuki Wyspa
ul. Doki 1/145 b
80-958 Gdańsk