From Nov. 8 to 28,
2014, artist, Taiye Idahor, will be
showcasing one of her magnificent works of art at the Whitespace Gallery in
Ikoyi, Lagos, and the beauty of it is the heart of the piece; hair!
says: “This project began through a simple but
important question that I have been confronted with since I was a child, Is
this your hair? This question is asked because my hair is black and
“This perennial question has elicited a journey of self -discovery of which the
point of departure is a focus on my family history. It started with a series of
meetings and conversations with my father and mother asking questions about Ayie,
my paternal grandmother whose identity has remained elusive and from whom my
hair characteristics seem to have originated.
“As I reflect daily on the importance of my parent’s memories, its
fragility becomes increasingly more apparent. A change of location or death is
no longer a criterion for a disappearing history as is the case with Ayie.”
Taiye’s introduction to how the work came about, but you can enjoy more of her
experience crafted into beautiful art pieces at the exhibition venue.
African and many other peoples express their cultures in several things including the look and make of the hair.