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Suku Sinero Kiko

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 print
DATES 1975 (printed 2010)
DIMENSIONS Image: 13 3/4 x 13 1/2 in. (34.9 x 34.3 cm) Sheet: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Stamped in black in lower right recto
SIGNATURE Signed, dated and numbered in ink, lower right recto
CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel S. Mandel and Robert Smith, by exchange
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION J. D. 'Okhai Ojeikere (Nigerian, 1930–2014). Suku Sinero Kiko, 1975 (printed 2010). Gelatin silver print, Image: 13 3/4 x 13 1/2 in. (34.9 x 34.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel S. Mandel and Robert Smith, by exchange, 2010.33.3. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2010.33.3_PS20.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2010.33.3_PS20.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2023
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RIGHTS STATEMENT © J.D. Okhai Ojeikere I Courtesy Gallery FIFTY ONE and L. Parker Stephenson
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