Fashion & Style

How Medina Dugger Is Celebrating The Art Of Nigerian Hair Through Her Chroma Photo Series


Californian, Lagos-based photographer and independent curator, Medina Dugger is celebrating traditional Nigerian hairstyles through her Chroma photo series.

The photographer explained that the photo series is inspired by the late Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, who photographed over a thousand different hair styles in his lifetime.

With the availability of yarn colorful hair extensions in markets, Medina detailed how the hair culture in Nigeria has evolved over the years.

She said,

“The methods and variations have been influenced by social/cultural patterns, historical events, and globalization. Hairdos range from being purely decorative to conveying deeper, more symbolic understandings, revealing social status, age and tribal/family traditions.”

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She explained that the hairstyles that the late photographer took in those days in black and white, has become popular again after the independence of Nigeria.

“Chroma: An Ode to J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, is a celebration of traditional and contemporary braiding methods. The series takes more of a conceptual approach to Ojeikere’s documentary style and recontextualizes some of Ojeikere’s (and other) hairstyles to highlight current and imagined hair designs, celebrating the art of Nigerian hair culture.”

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#Repost @francoisbeaurain ・・・ Chromatin #4 Chromatin is a variation of #medinadugger 's Chroma photo project which celebrates women’s hair styles in Nigeria and finds its inspiration in hair colour trends in Lagos and by the late Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere. In biology, chromatin designates the macromolecule in which DNA is packed and it is known to adopt complex and repetitive geometry. This macromolecule was named this way for its ability to fix dyes. Chromatin explores and gives a new perspective of the relationship between design and colours in contemporary braiding methods underlying the importance of geometric and fractal patterns in African culture. Gif created by #francoisbeaurain #lagos #nigeria #ojeikere #gif #hairculture #hairdesigns #hairbraiding #gears #repetition #africa #cocreation #artcollaboration

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