Victor Ehikhamenor Visual artist captures invasion of American culture in Benin village

Victor Ehikhamenor shows how young Benin people in his rural village are being influenced by Western culture.

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Victor Ehikhamenor, a visual artist and photographer, has captured the quiet invasion of American culture in a rural village in Udomi-Uwessan, Edo state.

Ehikhamenor who comes from Udomi-Uwessan new project titled 'American Invasion' captures teenagers from the village with rich historic Benin roots, rocking Western clothes.

When Victor Ehikhamenor went back to his village in 2009, he noticed that teenagers in the village looked like American teenagers.

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A young from Udomi-Uwessan village

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"Seeing some of the kids now dressed as Americans, I was wondering how the culture is getting to them because there was only about maybe three or four people that have a TV in the village" wondered the artist.

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A young woman in Udomi-Uwessan village

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In the 'American Invasion'  series Ehikhamenor took photos of these teenagers against a backdrop of African print fabrics.

"It was kind of interesting to look at that cross-referencing of cultures," Ehikhamenor explained to CNN at London's 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair earlier in October.

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A young Benin boy under Western influence

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His earlier work showed older people living in Benin, some who are parents of these teenagers. The series was called 'Before They Leave'.

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A young Benin boy hooded up

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Victor Ehikhamenor was recently described as "one of Africa’s most innovative contemporary artists" by Ventures Africa.

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