We attended Multidisciplinary Artist, Laila Cadne's private launch for her latest project 'Beauty In Its Time', and felt like we had been transported into a beauty time-capsule. No surprises here, as this is the exact emotion she wishes to evoke with her debut as an Exhibiting Artist, and first solo exhibition.
Laila Cadne-Rahman is an accomplished multidisciplinary creative, beauty entrepreneur, creative director, and filmmaker. Known for her expertise as the head makeup artist at Laila Cadne Atelier, she brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her artistic endeavors. Laila Cadne's film-making career took off in 2018 with the Short Film Documentary "MMA NMA - Beauty of a Mother," which received accolades and was showcased at the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF).
The 'Beauty In Its Time' project is a unique and thought-provoking exploration of the cultural significance and artistry behind Nigerian hairstyles and makeup techniques throughout history most especially from 1960-2020’s.
The exhibition celebrates the art, diversity, and richness of beauty in Nigerian culture through the medium of hair and makeup; a thought provoking project that takes you through a beauty time capsule
Launched at Yenwa Gallery (located in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria), the Exhibition features captivating photographs and an enlightening documentary screening. Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the intricate beauty and cultural heritage portrayed in the photographs, while the documentary offers a narrative that captivates audiences with its educational, informative, and entertaining storytelling style.
Curated by Ugonna Ibe, Founder of Yenwa Gallery, the project showcases a collection of 20 photographs and a documentary which documents Laila’s journey of beauty in Nigeria, while spotlighting the strength, beauty, and confidence of Nigerian women throughout the ages. By examining the influence of Western beauty standards and celebrating the enduring beauty of traditional Nigerian hairstyles, the project aims to bridge the gap between past and present.
Inspired by her late mother who worked as a distributor for Mary Kay products, this project serves as a way of preserving the memory of her mom while celebrating Nigerian culture and artistic expression.
Exhibition is open from Sunday July 2nd - Sunday August 6th, 2023.
Address: Yenwa Gallery 1-7 Muri Okunola, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.