The Obas – Hyphenated

OBA_HYPHENATEDb
OBA_HYPHENATEDa
OBA_HYPHENATED

Installation, repurposed clothing, board, wire, acrylic, used Victorian rug, used lamp and table
Dimensions: Variable dimension

Headresses
OBA_HYPHENATED_1
OBA_HEADRESSa
OBA_HEADRESS
OBA_HEADDRESS_1
OBA_HEADRESS_INSTALL_1
OBA_HYPHENATED_DETAIL
OBA_HEADRESS_INSTALL

Media: Fabricated costume and headdress from repurposed clothing/fabric, found metal, wire, used Victorian rug,
Dimensions: Life size

Fabricated from repurposed clothing, the dresses reference the late nineteenth century royal court styles of the European nations that colonized Africa. And a series of constructed headdresses inspired by African traditional headdresses

This headpiece replaces the heads of the figures, thus creating a hybridized or syncretic collapse between 19th century Western and African mythology.