Iké Udé, ‘Sartorial Anarchy #17’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

HAT: Fez/Turkey
SHIRT: British dress-shirt, 1900s to present BOWTIE: 1970s, United States
JACKET: Tuxedo jacket, United States, 1970s
SKIRT: Fabric, Mali; Worn in the West African, Indian/Asian men‚ traditional style; 18th century to present
SOCKS: Italian men‚ soccer socks
SHOES: United States, 1990s
FIGURINE: Celadon Chinese Export Lion Dog,
19th century
CARPET: Persian Sirjand rug, circa 1930s
GAME: Poker Set, United States

About Iké Udé

With his ongoing photographic self-portrait series “Sartorial Anarchy”, wherein he is dressed in varied costumes across geography and time, Nigerian-born Iké Udé explores a world of dualities: photographer/performance artist, artist/spectator, African/post-nationalist, mainstream/marginal, individual/everyman, and fashion/art. Conversant with the world of fashion and celebrity, Udé offers a new take on aspects of performance and representation, melding his own theatrical selves and multiple personas with his art. “By mixing varied costumes in concert with the now and then,” he has said, “we begin to realize how arbitrary, subjective, fleeting, even absurd—no less wonderful—our ‘real’ cultural construct is.” Udé plays with the ambiguities of the marketplace and art world, particularly in his notorious art, culture, and fashion magazine, aRUDE and style blog,theCHIC INDEX. His articles on fashion and art have been published in magazines and newspapers worldwide, and Vanity Fair included him on their International Best Dressed List in 2009 and in 2012.

Nigerian, b. 1964, Lagos, Nigeria, based in New York, New York