Intersecting identities : interrogating women in cultural dress forms in contemporary Nigerian paintings

Show simple item record James, Sule Ameh 2021-08-18T13:41:26Z 2021
dc.description.abstract This paper interrogates the identities in the representations of women adorned in African cultural dress forms in contemporary Nigerian paintings. While many studies have explored the subject of African dress forms from other viewpoints, not many are known to investigate the topic from the perspective of contemporary Nigerian paintings. It is for this reason I purposively selected five paintings from different artists in which they represented women adorned in African dress forms to communicate the expressions of personal, social, religious, and cultural identities within different contexts. Although the contemporary paintings give clues to the expressions of identities in dress, the ideas and meanings conveyed were also interrogated in each work. In engaging the paintings in close case study interrogations, the paper combines formal analysis and cultural history methodologies. Formal analysis is adopted for the analysis of the formal elements in each painting, whereas cultural history is used to contextualise each painting within the culture and history that is recalled to give the representation its proper identity. Besides, the close case study analysis reveals that the artists drew inspiration from the personal aesthetics of women adorned in African dress forms in different Nigerian cultures. Through the representations, three notable African cultural identities are manifested, which include Yoruba, Gwari, or Gbagyi and Hausa cultures, aside from other identities interrogated in each painting. en_ZA
dc.description.department Visual Arts en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2022-09-16
dc.description.librarian hj2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Sule Ameh James (2021): Intersecting identities: interrogating women in cultural dress forms in contemporary Nigerian paintings, African Identities, DOI: 10.1080/14725843.2021.1899895. NYP. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1472-5843 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1472-5851 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/14725843.2021.1899895
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an electronic version of an article published in African Identities, vol. , no. , pp. , 2021. doi : 10.1080/14725843.2021.1899895. African Identities is available online at : en_ZA
dc.subject Identity en_ZA
dc.subject Women en_ZA
dc.subject African dress form en_ZA
dc.subject Nigerian paintings en_ZA
dc.title Intersecting identities : interrogating women in cultural dress forms in contemporary Nigerian paintings en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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