The video installation presents two eyes trying to see each other as close as they can. The avidity of “seeing” the “other”, of entering in his/her space and trying to understand, or even share, the other person’s intimacy through the gaze turns out to be an effort in vain because without distance we cannot see. We find ourselves in a paradox: so close but unable to see more than a blurred image. The gaze becomes now more of an haptic sense, perceiving the other not through the sight but through the rubbing between the eyelashes. The resulting image embodies a physical eye that beats, touches and relates intimately.
Just as fashion trends change with the times, so do hairstyles. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Nigeria-based J.D. Okhai Ojeikere documented more than 1,000 of these stunning, almost sculptural designs by finding his subjects along the every day streets, at wedding celebrations, and in offices.