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Fro Fro

J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere


Hairstyles are often complex signifiers of identity and social status, particularly for the Yoruba people. They can indicate a woman’s age, her occupation, and, in some contexts, her religious or political power. Many hairdos are also tied to specific ceremonies, such as a wedding or the naming ceremony of a child. Working over three decades, J. D. ’Okhai Ojeikere undertook a photographic series systematically documenting the rich variety of Nigerian hairstyles. He sought to capture the diversity and beauty of the hairdos he witnessed in the streets of cities and villages, in marketplaces and offices, and at parties, celebrations, and festivals around the country. Most of the photographs, like Fro Fro and Suku Sinero Kiko, were taken from behind, revealing and emphasizing the abstract and sculptural aspects of the hairdos.
MEDIUM Gelatin silver photograph
DATES 1970 (printed 2010)
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm) Image: 13 3/4 x 13 1/2 in. (34.9 x 34.3 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Stamped in black in lower right recto
SIGNATURE Signed, dated and numbered in ink, lower right recto
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel S. Mandel, by exchange
RIGHTS STATEMENT © J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere, courtesy L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York City
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CAPTION J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere (Nigerian, 1930-2014). Fro Fro, 1970 (printed 2010). Gelatin silver photograph, Sheet: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel S. Mandel, by exchange, 2010.33.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York City, CUR.2010.33.2_Parker_Stephenson_Gallery_photo.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.2010.33.2_Parker_Stephenson_Gallery_photo.jpg. Image courtesy of L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York City
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