VOX — Centre de l’image contemporaine

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere

J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere (1930–2014) was a Nigerian artist who lived his entire life in Lagos, Nigeria. During a festival held in 1968, he took his first black-and-white photographs devoted to Nigerian culture. For the next forty years, he travelled throughout Nigeria conducting research orga­nized thematically. His work, comprising thousands of photographs, constitutes a unique heritage that is simul­taneously anthropological, ethnographic, and docu­mentary in nature. The major exhibitions devoted to him include J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere at the Bamako Museum (2015) and Staying Power at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, 2015). His work has also appeared in numerous group exhibitions such as Regarding Africa, Tel Aviv Art Museum (2016); Paris Photo, Grand Palais (Paris, 2016); and Making Africa, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2015–16). He is represented by MAGNIN-A (Paris).