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COLOUR ME CULTURED
Colour Me Cultured’ is a portraiture series presenting young Nigerian women who have adopted unconventional appearances (e.g. unnaturally coloured hair and other body adornments). These women have freed themselves from the generic representations of femininity within the wider discourse of propriety, taking full control of their expressiveness.
However, their colour choices were inspired by those on the Dutch Wax fabrics now synonymous with West African Culture. So, it becomes somewhat hypocritical to label them ‘uncultured’ or ‘improper’ simply because they are not wearing these prints/colours the conventional way.
Women should have room for self-expression through experimentation using something as small yet as significant as colour, without feeling the need to conform to society’s acceptance.
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