In Unboxed, I explore the ever changing perception of masculinity as it relates to the outward appearance of men, as well as the limitations that society puts on them which often restricts their expression.
At some point in 2019, during a short stay in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial centre, I began to notice a rise in young men across the city who either used pink lips balm or tattooed their lips pink to enhance their looks. I found this trend very fascinating.
As I pondered about the trend, I realized that more than ever before, the beauty standard of men across the country is rapidly changing as more men refuse to conform to society’s expectations.
This multimedia project features conversations with men from different parts of Nigeria as well as performances. The conversations are centered around their perception of masculinity as it relates to their looks, masculinity as it relates to identity and more importantly their favourite body parts.