J.D. Okhai Ojeikera at the Biennale in Venice


J.D. Okhai Ojeikera was brought up in a small Nigerian village without ever coming in contact with phography until his late teens. When he was twenty he bought an old when he first bought an old camera and started creating his own art, making photography his passion and obsession.

In the 50s he started working for the photography department in the Ministry of Information, and later he worked for the first Nigerian TV station after the country obtained its independence.

During this period Okhai started to document daily life aspects of his country through photos. His works are independent, and animated by a powerful love for his land.

At the Biennale in Venice you can see some of his most significant works, all taken from a collection that come from thousands of photos. They show Nigerian women wearing turbans and intricate hairstyle, representing also the change in fashion across the decades.

If you want to see J.D. Okhai Ojeikera‘s work at the Biennale, do not forget to book your stay in Venice with Albergo Marin!