Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo’s fourth solo exhibit is currently being showcased at WHATIFTHEWORLD in Cape Town.
Lakin’s new photographic series explores the culture surrounding Nigerian brides and marriage ceremonies. Veiled portraiture was used to document the complexity of his culture, and counteract the West’s monolithic narratives of Africa and women.
The performances these brides carry out are ones of love, familial and cultural pride, feminine strength, and a heterogenous African identity, but they are also the burdens of being wives, mothers and daughters-in-law.
Born in Lagos in 1987, Lakin creates enigmatic portraits with an erotic and subversive undertone. Following his studies at Babcock University, Nigeria and Buckingham University, England, Lakin pursued a career in fashion photography, with his work being featured in publications such as the Times New York, ID online, British GQ and Riposte Magazine. He has also been recognised by the British Journal of Photography as one of the Top 25 Photographers of 2015 in their annual Ones to Watch edition.
Lakin’s exhibit will run until 1 June 2019.