Performative Essence Of Fashion and The Fashioned-Self
by Ladun Ogidan
On October 17, 2015, leading contemporary photographer Iké Udé will deliver a lecture at the Ford Foundation titled the Performative Essence of Fashion and the Fashioned-Self. Here, he will attempt to address questions such as how do the markers of fashion, both signifier and signified, denote the core essence of cultural identity and remain the most symbolic visible index of culture?
Udé is a Nigerian-American photographer, performance artist, author, publisher, and style icon. He is best known for his conceptual photographic portraits that explore issues of representation and sexual, gender, cultural, and stylistic identity.
Throughout Udé’s career, his works have been placed in the permanent collections of various institutions and collections such as The Guggenheim Museum New York and the Smithsonian National Museum. Ude has also been included in the Vanity Fair magazine International Best Dress List in 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2015, as well as on the Artsy Editorial list of 10 Masters of the Self-Portrait.
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