Iké Udé, ‘Sartorial Anarchy #35’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

HAT: Fez Hat with long gold cord, Greek ethnic hat, early 1880s to present
SWEATER: Green Preppy Athletic Sweater, 1950s,
United States
PIN: Gold Tone and Rhinestone pin Cupid with a Bow and Arrow, 1950s-1970s, United States
SHIRT: White Shirt, 2012, France
BOW TIE: Handmade brocade blue with maroon and green designs
TROUSERS: Mens Harem trousers, India, 1890-to-present SOCKS: Soccer/Football socks, Italy, 2011
SHOES: Foti Spectator Loafers, 1930s/40s, Italy
CHAIR (Target practice): Contemporary American, late 20th century
BIRD: Macaw Parrot, Brazil
FRUIT: Lemon
ARTIFACT: Apache Bow, Quiver and Arrows, Native American, circa 1880
PRECIOUS STONE: Lapis Lazuli, Afghanistan, time immemorial

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