ART: Lea Lund & Erik K Have American Debut At Catherine Edelman Gallery

Today in the Culture, September 2, 2021: 

SEPTEMBER 2, 2021 AT 7:00 AM BY RAY PRIDE

 

Lea Lund and Erik K, “Erik, Toscane,” from the “Nomads” series

 

Catherine Edelman Gallery will present “Lea Lund & Erik K: Nomads,” the artists’ first solo gallery exhibition in the United States. The show runs September 17-December 4. Lea Lund & Erik K’s photographic collaboration “is a story about love, a photographer finding her muse, and a subject claiming his identity,” the gallery relays. “Lea, born and raised in Switzerland, and Erik, born and raised in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, met ten years ago on a street in Lausanne and have been together since. Their photographs explore their relationship, the history of Zaire, and the effects of colonization on Erik and his identity. In 1971, years after Joseph Désiré Mobutu overthrew the government and took control, he banned women from wearing pants and men from wearing suits and ties, forcing all men to wear a Mao collar jacket. Today, Erik makes his own hats, dresses, ties and other clothing, proudly defying the ban that was forced upon him. Together, Lea and Erik create images that place Erik in settings that challenge the norms in which Black men are often seen: Instead of the chauffeur, he owns the car; instead of working the land, he surveys his poperty; instead of shining shoes, he is the shoe-wearing customer. Together, Lea and Erk call attention to the role of ownership, as seen through the poses and eyes of an elegant, Black man.”