One of Africa’s leading designers, Maki Osakwe, the creative director of the womenswear label Maki Oh presents her first solo exhibition of mixed media photographs. Osakwe is known for her cerebral and feminine clothing designs as well as her innovative way of marrying traditional African textiles with a contemporary aesthetic. She is the first and only Africa-based designer to be worn by the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama. This October, Maki Osakwe was invited to The White House in Washington D.C as a guest of The First Lady for her “Celebration of Design” event featuring Mrs. Obama’s favourite designers.
Fashion designer Maki Osakwe turns to art photography as an alternate form of expression while also staying true to the Maki Oh tradition of storytelling. The exhibition features over 20 mixed media photography works that are densely textured, layered and complex. This Side Up was sponsored by Veuve Clicquot Champagne, organized by A White Space Creative Agency, and Nkechi Bakare, chief curator, working in close collaboration with the artist.
This Side Up delves into how truths about the feminine have been transformed, altered and hidden throughout time, in her works Osakwe challenges perceptions by reforming the feminine image and presenting her in her original state of being instead of the self that has been altered.
Osakwe’s process serves as a form of storytelling as it explores dipping, folding and painting over as methods through which the truths about the feminine have been concealed.
Art Photography Exhibition
7B Etim Iyang Victoria Island, Lagos
Sat. 13Th – Sat. 27Th December 2014