His Imperial Majesty Oba Samuel Challenger, Olubuse iii, The Ooni of Ife
(b. 1976, Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria)
Photographer Ego Goodsire currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria. With an MFA from Goldsmiths College, London and a BFA from Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology, Goodsire has exhibited his work at various exhibitions in the United Kingdom, Johannesburg and Lagos. The artist has also participated in prestigious international residencies at the Fondazione di Venezia, the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa and at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos / Triangle Arts Trust. Goodsire continues to work as a photojournalist for major international publications and has won the Sony World Photography Award for his work.
In his artistic undertakings, Goodsire turns his camera towards the inherently complex and contradictory nature of contemporary Nigeria. The photographer completes conceptual and serial photographic projects that explore the multilayered cultural, political, ethnic and religious identities present within the bounds of modern Nigeria itself. Goodsire’s work straddles the line between fine art photography and photojournalism, questioning the unity and existence of a Nigerian national identity at all.
In this series, Goodsire investigates the construction of traditional identities in postcolonial Nigeria. These portrait photographs document different modes of dress as unstable and changing symbols of status.