Nigeria-based photographer Medina Dugger pays homage to the late Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere with a contemporary approach to the Nigerian hair culture. J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere photographed over one thousand different Nigerian hairstyles over the course of his career, however, Dugger, whose work is documentary in style, injects colour and vibrancy into the work with the photo series, Chroma: An Ode to J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere. This was done with a collaboration with French multidisciplinary artist Francois Beaurain to create Chromatin, the animated variation of the Chroma photo project.
African hair-braiding methods date back thousands of years and Nigerian hair culture is a rich and often extensive process beginning in childhood. The methods and variations are influenced by social and cultural patterns, historical events and globalisation. Hairdos range from being purely decorative to conveying deeper, more symbolic understandings, revealing social status, age and tribal or family traditions. Together they recreated the works in the bitmap image format GIF which explores the relationship between design and colours in contemporary braiding methods, underlying the importance of geometric and fractal patterns in African culture.
View the GIFs here and the photos in our gallery.