Marcia Kure


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Dressed Up #5, 2010, archival digital photograph, 84 x 60 in.

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Dressed Up #4, 2010, archival digital photograph, 84 x 60 in.

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Dressed Up #3, 2010, archival digital photograph, 84 x 60 in.

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Dressed Up #8, 2010, archival digital photograph, 84 x 60 in.

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Dressed Up #2, 2010, archival digital photograph, 84 x 60 in.

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Dressed Up #9, 2010, archival digital photograph, 84 x 60 in.

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Dressed Up #11, 2010, archival digital photograph, 84 x 60 in.

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Dressed Up #12, 2010, archival digital photograph, 84 x 60 in.

About the Artist

Marcia Kure (b.1970 in Kano, Nigeria) has had 9 solos shows to date and has exhibited in Nigeria, Germany, the US,  Spain, the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Canada, Austria and Switzerland.

Her Dressed Up series of large photomontage portraits constructed from fragments of bodies and Hip-Hop and Victorian/colonial fashions is witty, irreverent and exotically beautiful, as well as deeply serious and deliberately challenging.

Artist Statement

Dressed Up explores symbolic codes of high fashion as imagined by hip-hop avatars and designers of historical haute couture. In bringing the two traditions into direct confrontation, these photomontages play on preconceptions as well as the manner in which we imagine or project personality through dress. The series suggests that the sense of decorum and gravitas conveyed by haute couture/Victorian fashion belies the colonial violence and decadence of that age; conversely, the near criminalization of hip-hop fashion fails to contend with the humanity of many of its avatars or their status as respectable global citizens

Marcia Kure’s Website

Marcia Kure at BravinLee Programs

Marcia Kure at Susan Inglett Gallery