Iké Udé, ‘Sartorial Anarchy #19’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

HEAD PIECE: Red-feather wig, 1980s
COLLAR: European men‚ ruff-collar, 16th century MASK: 1920s to present
TOP: Hand woven three-quarter men‚ caftan with embroidery, Nigeria, 1940s
TROUSERS: United States, 1970 to present
SHOES: Anglo-American riding boots, 1900s-present CHAIRS: Antiques: Origins unknown
ANIMAL: Maryland/Chesapeake Blue Crab; painted tin 20th/21st century
CARPET: Persian Gabbeh Oriental Rug

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