Iké Udé, ‘Sartorial Anarchy #29’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

HEAD-PIECE: Native American Indian Chief Headdress/Leather Bonnet, reproduction, 2012
JACKET: United States’ Marine jacket with 2007 series East Chinese Sea PLA Navy Fleet Patch
SASH: Royal Sash, Britain, reproduction 2012
WRISTBAND/CUFF: Spiky Leather Gothic/Punk men‚ wristband/cuff, 1970s to present
CUMMERBAND: Indian Army cummerbund, date unknown BREECHES: Paned slops/breeches, Renaissance/16th century, reproduction
CANE: 19th/20th century walking cane
SOCKS: English football/soccer socks, 1970s
SHOES: British made, 1990s
EWER: Pink ground gilt and enamel Decorated Royal Crown Ewer, England, 1877-90
MUSIC INSTRUMENT: Bass Cornnamuse, Renaissance/16th century; reproduction, Gunter Korber, Berlin, stamped Gunter Korber, 1990s (exact origin unknown)
STRING INSTRUMENT: Pandurina, attributed to Marinus de Magistro, circa 1620
MEDALS: Uganda Police‚ Africa Police Meritorious Service Medal Group, 1935
(Awarded to 1st Class Sergeant Asmani Temteo, Uganda Police) CARPET: Contemporary American rug, circa 1990/2000s

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