Walé Oyéjidé & Teju Cole


Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:30pm


Harvard Art Museums

Image of Artist Walé Oyéjidé

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

After Migration: In Defense of Using Beauty to Illustrate the Journeys of Those Who Have Suffered. Designer, filmmaker, and writer Walé Oyéjidé, Esq., discusses his ongoing project After Migration with professor Teju Cole.

Image of artist Walé Oyéjidé

Walé Oyéjidé, Esq. is a fashion designer whose work featured prominently in the Marvel studios blockbuster "Black Panther". He is a writer, speaker, filmmaker, musician and lawyer that combats bias with creative storytelling. As the founder of the brand Ikiré Jones, he employs fashion design as a vehicle to celebrate the perspectives of marginalized populations.

In conversation with Teju Cole, Harvard University's Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing, Oyéjidé will argue that migrants are owed more artful depictions of their cross-border experiences. And that our creative pursuits should always be founded in fostering a more equitable society.

Analyzing Oyéjidé's ongoing "After Migration" project, which beautifully celebrates the lives of refugees with fashion design, filmmaking and photography, the two will discuss the impacts that transcendent story-telling can have on the lives of those who are commonly shown as victims. They will further address the impacts that artists can have on society at large when they focus on making works which are honest, rather than prioritizing the desire to make a profit.

Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts, the ArtLab, and the Harvard Art Museums. The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 5:30pm.

Free admission, but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 5:30pm at the Broadway entrance. One ticket per person.

Before the lecture, guests are invited to visit the exhibition Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art on Level 3 from 5:30-6:30pm

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

Walé Oyéjidé. Photo: Marko Metzinger. Courtesy of Ikiré Jones.