Africa ‘in Fashion and Fabric’ on Display in the Bronx

Ghanaian artist Jojo Abot has the largest display in the exhibition which presents accessories and clothing. Her work examines issues such as poverty and cultural identity in the country. (Photo by Hayley Lind via Hunts Point Express)

Ghanaian artist Jojo Abot has the largest display in the exhibition which presents accessories and clothing. Her work examines issues such as poverty and cultural identity in the country. (Photo by Hayley Lind via Hunts Point Express)

An exhibition on African fashion is currently on display at the Bronx Music Heritage Center through June 4.

Christie Gonzalez, one of the curators of “Africa: In Fashion and Fabric,” handpicked the featured artists – Jojo Abot, Archel Bernard & The Bombchel Factory, the AFRI-NA-LADI Collective, and Victoria Udondian  – selecting them not just for their designs but also for “their dedication to African culture and their socially responsible foundations,” writes Hayley Lind for Mott Haven Herald.

Gonzalez says the goal of the exhibition is to bring these artists out in the spotlight and expose them to a niche market that fits their demographic.

Udondian came to the U.S. two years ago from her native Nigeria. Her material comes from an unconventional source: used clothing from NYC streets.

She then draped different pieces, such as old t-shirts, brocade fabrics, silk sashes and even baskets onto two male models. Udondian essentially created artwork that ironically resembles high fashion magazine spreads.

“She’s making these garments with found materials on the streets and giving them new life,” said Gonzalez.

Go to Mott Haven Herald to read about the other designers and for more on the exhibition.

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