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Jide Alakija

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Olajide (Jide) Alakija
Born1977 (age 43–44)
London, England
🏳️ Nationality
🎓 Alma materImperial College London
💼 Occupation
Photography
Notable workInvisible Cities #1 (Bombay)
🌐 Websitealakija.com

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Olajide (Jide) Alakija, known professionally as Jide Alakija, is an internationally known photographer who has exhibited in the United States, London and Lagos. Their work, Invisible Cities #1 (Bombay), was exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in 2013.[1]

In addition to exhibits, Jide is the owner of Alakija Studios, a photography boutique specialized on wedding photos and documentaries.[2]

Jide’s artistic focus is street photography, for which he is quoted “allows one to see who we truly are in the world”[3]

Personal Life[edit]

Jide Alakija was born in London in 1977[4], and has a brother, Rotimi Alakija[5] and aunt Folorunso Alakija.

Career[edit]

Alakija graduated from Imperial College with an M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering in 2001. He began his work in photography in 2003 with both commissioned work and exhibits.[4]

Alakija is represented by TAFETA contemporary Arts in London, a private art dealership specializing in 20th century and contemporary African art.[6]

In 2008, Alakija traveled to Rwanda with the charities Tearfund UK and Compassion UK.[7]

In 2013, the Smithsonian Institute exhibited Invisible Cities #1 (Bombay), an original work from 2008.[1]

In 2014, Alakija’s works were exhibited at the Nigerian Centenary Photographic Exhibition, sponsored by the Kola Aluko Foundation.[8]

Exhibitions[edit]

2007 “Words are not enough”. Candid Arts Trust. London.[9]

2008 Collective exhibition cycle at Camden Art Gallery. London.[4]

2008 Invisible Cities No 1 Bombay,. The Kola Aluko Foundation.[10]

2010 The Orderly Society Trust. CCA. Lagos.[11]

2010 “Reconstruction in Reverse”. Omenka Gallery. Lagos[12]

2010 “Reflections”. British Council. Lagos[4]

2011 “Nigerians Behind the Lens”. Tafeta + Partners. London.[13]

2011 Owambe, Aso-Ebi and the Politics of Dress” (2011). Lagos.[14]

2013 Invisible Cities #1 (Bombay). Smithsonian National Museum of African Art[1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "National Museum of African Art | Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa / The Material Earth". africa.si.edu. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. "Seeing Through a Different Lens: Renowned Photographer Jide Alakija and His Unique Photographic Aesthetic | The Bridal Circle". thebridalcircle.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  3. Street Photography: Document Your World. By Andrew "Fundy" Funderburg. “Inspiration: Jide Alakija”. Amherst Media. 2018. Pages 20-21. ISBN 1682033562 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "National Museum of African Art | Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa / Artists Biographies". africa.si.edu. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  5. "The Next Edition". The Next Edition. 2017-06-18. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  6. FM, Player. "Episode 2 Jide Alakija: Alakija Studios - Internationally Renowned Photographer IPU podcast". player.fm. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  7. "Backstory: Capturing the Art of Crafts". Popular Photography. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  8. Oyedoyin, Tunde (2014-07-25). "Nigerian Centenary Photography Show Begins in London". The Guardian (Lagos). Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  9. London, The Kolberg Partnership. "Words are not enough, Candid Arts Trust, 3 Torrens Street, EC1 - Music Event in London". AllinLondon. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  10. https://issuu.com/kolaalukofoundation/docs/tafeta_for_kola_aluko_foundation_-_ page 20
  11. "Jide Alakija". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  12. "Reconstruction in Reverse". Omenka Gallery. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  13. "Tafeta + Partners - artist: Jide Alakija". www.tafeta.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  14. "Bisi Silva (1962–2019)". www.artforum.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.


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