A celebrated portraitist, Iké Udé positions his work at the intersection of art, fashion, and popular culture. In 2014 Udé began an ambitious portrait project, capturing 64 of the rising stars of Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry. Nollywood has become the second most prolific film industry—ahead of Hollywood and behind Bollywood—with nearly 2,500 titles released annually. Udé photographed these celebrities in a classic style, with fashionable clothing and in poses that recall renaissance paintings. His backgrounds, however, move these photos into the present day. The bold colors and carefully chosen objects were designed, combined, and meticulously crafted through hours of computer postproduction.


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Artist
Iké Udé, Nigerian, born 1964
Title
Eku Edewor
from the series Nollywood Portraits
Date
2014–2016
Medium
Inkjet print
Dimensions
Sheet: 24 × 24 in. (61 × 61 cm)
Credit Line

Gift of the artist

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2019.164
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

The artist, New York; given to MFAH, 2019.