Lea Lund & Erik K: Nomads

Lea Lund & Erik K’s photographic collaboration is a story about love, a photographer finding her muse and a subject claiming his identity. 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 property; instead of shining shoes, he is the shoe-wearing customer. Together, Lea and Erik call attention to the role of ownership, as seen through the poses and eyes of an elegant, black man.

 

All pieces are on view at the gallery.

Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, Paris, February, 2019

Sizes: 20 x 16", 31½ x 24", 39½ x 27½"

Media: pigment print

Edition: Total Edition of 15

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, Arles, July, 2013

Sizes: 20 x 16", 31½ x 24", 39½ x 27½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, Bologne Museo Poggi, October, 2019

Sizes: 16 x 20", 24 x 31½", 27½ x 39½"

Media: gelatin silver print

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, Spring Street, New York, October, 2014

Sizes: 16 x 20", 24 x 31½", 27½ x 39½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, Camargue, July, 2013

Sizes: 16 x 20", 24 x 31½", 27½ x 39½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, Kingston, Brooklyn, NY, Cctober, 2014

Sizes: 16 x 20", 24 x 31½", 27½ x 39½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, plage d'Ostende. May, 2017

Sizes: 16 x 20", 24 x 31½", 27½ x 39½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, South Broadway, NY, October, 2014

Sizes: 16 x 20", 24 x 31½", 27½ x 39½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, October, 2014

Sizes: 16 x 20", 24 x 31½", 27½ x 39½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, Séville, November, 2013

Sizes: 16 x 20", 24 x 31½", 27½ x 39½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, Hôtel Maxim, Bologne, October, 2019

Sizes: 20 x 16", 31½ x 24", 39½ x 27½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Lea & Erik, Lausanne, October, 2017

Sizes: 20 x 16", 31½ x 24", 39½ x 27½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, Hafen, Hamburg, June, 2015

Sizes: 20 x 16", 31½ x 24", 39½ x 27½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, Kinderdijk, April, 2016

Sizes: 20 x 16", 31½ x 24", 39½ x 27½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, May, 2016

Sizes: 20 x 16", 31½ x 24", 39½ x 27½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, Lausanne, January, 2013

Sizes: 20 x 16", 31½ x 24", 39½ x 27½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, Toscane, Cctober, 2019

Sizes: 16 x 20", 24 x 31½", 27½ x 39½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, May, 2016

Sizes: 20 x 16", 31½ x 24", 39½ x 27½"

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Lea & Erik, August, 2018

Sizes: 20 x 16", 31½ x 24", 39½ x 27½"

Media: pigment print

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Erik, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille, June, 2013

Sizes: 16 x 20", 24 x 31½", 27½ x 39½"

Media: pigment print

Edition: Total Edition of 13

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Untitled [ La Mascotte GRA2014:01], 2014

Sizes: 19½ x 15 5/8”

Media: Engraving

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Untitled [The Pope GRA2016:242], 2016

Sizes: 19½ x 15 5/8”

Media: Engraving

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Untitled [Le roi d'Ethiopie GRA2016:002], 2016

Sizes: 19½ x 15 5/8”

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Lea Lund and Erik K

Title: Untitled [GRA2016:003], 2016, 2016

Sizes: 19½ x 15 5/8”

Media: Engravings

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