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KENZO:

Unity is Strength

KENZO has teamed up with UK based creatives for a photographic interpretation of its current Summer 17 collection, with exhibitions in Paris and London.

KENZO:

Unity is Strength

Cristian Burbano

April, 26th 2017

KENZO:

Unity is Strength

KENZO has teamed up with UK based creatives for a photographic interpretation of its current Summer 17 collection, with exhibitions in Paris and London.

Cristian Burbano

Cristian Burbano

April, 26th 2017

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Each season, the brand asks distinctive creative voices to offer their views on  KENZO collections. For its current season KENZO commissioned curator and filmmaker Akinola Davies Jr. to conceive a project around its men's, women's and accessories collections and the notion of "ceremony". In teaming up with photographer Ruth Ossai and stylist Ibrahim Kamara, they captured Nigeria's Nsukka population in a beautiful and captivating way, with the works forming the first of KENZO's quarterly print publications, Folio #1.

KENZO:

Artists Ruth Ossai and Akinola Davies Jr showcase the Summer 2017 collection

The tone of the work mirror KENZO's own vision of beauty. 'Gidi gidi bu ugwu eze', an Igbo proverb meaning 'Unity is Strength', encapsulates the energy we witness within the images and videos.

KENZO:

Celebrating life is very much ingrained in the fabric of West African iconography

Artists Akinola Davies Jr. and Ruth Ossai are both UK-based Nigerians. Their images showcase KENZO's collection amid various ceremonies, rites, and rituals within the indigenous Igbo communities of southern Nigeria. 

KENZO:

A video about the project will also premiere in the London store

Davies Jr. comments..." It's about celebrating young black Nigerian bodies and capturing them celebrating Igbo culture and traditions, showing that beauty is always present when there is a commitment to the celebration of culture. This is what an inclusive pageant created by a community devoted to its own growth looks like. The concept celebrates the culture, traditions and beauty of three main festivals celebrated by the people of Nsukka: Onwa Eto, Onwa Ise and Onwa Esa."

KENZO:

The images will be published in the first edition of KENZO Folio

"It's about Nigerians telling their own stories. It's about the nuances of beautyin relation to their own community. Capturing our Nigerian community showing a commitment to redefining and celebrating culture, showing the textures of a community in celebration of itself."

"Family nurtures everything and your community is your extended family. Utilising one another and trusting in each other's process. Gidi gidi bu ugwu eze. 'Unity is strength'" 

KENZO:

‘Gidi gidi ugwu bu eze’, Igbo proverb that means ‘Unity is strength’

Folio #1 will be available from KENZO.com, in KENZO's European stores and at Antenne Book partner stores. 

Exhibition details

Now until May 4th  
KENZO Paris
27 Boulevard de la Madeleine
75008 Paris

Telephone +33 (0)1 42 61 04 14 

From the 27th of April – 10th of May
KENZO London
31 Bruton St, Mayfair
London W1J 6HHT

Telephone +44 (0)20 7491 8469

Fore more info visit kenzo.com