Ibe Ananaba [Nigeria]
A rising name in contemporary African art Nigerian artist and fashion illustrator Ibe Ananaba opened his solo exhibition a few days ago at the Rele Gallery in Lagos, Nigeria. Entitled Sélénsé the exhibition is a body of contemporary works that tell the story of people’s way of expression through fashion. Ananaba took inspiration from the streets, taking the viewer on a visual exploration of everyday fashion. Looking at how fashion is worn, interpreted, and flaunted. Fitting given that the term Sélénsé is a local slang term meaning to ‘flaunt’ or to ‘show off’. Sélénsé captures the growing interest in African fashion.
Sélénsé features around 30 works divided into 5 main categories:
1: THE APPLIQUE SERIES – experiments done with watercolour pieces and fabric appended to each of them in a series titled ‘I BETA PASS MY NEIGHBOUR’.
2: THE RUNWAY SERIES – pieces inspired by the runway.
3: SARTORIAL SERIES – pays homage to the Sapeurs of Congo and local gents flaunting of local designer labels.
4: HEAD SERIES: portraits relating to style and attitude.
5: ONE-OFFS – individual pieces showing fashionable expressions.
[Image credit: ‘Ethnik Mode’ (she & he) – Ibe Ananaba]
Sélénsé runs until 26th September 2016.
[Image credits: All images belong to Ibe Ananaba. If downloaded and used elsewhere please credit accordingly.]