Iké Udé
[Artist, b. 1964, Lagos, Nigeria, lives in New York.]

 Mass media is anything but superficial. Mass media is real: it’s too omnipotent to be trivial. The film and fashion industries hold enormous sway over people’s psyches, far more than the arts. I think that using mass media forms shows that anyone can make a magazine cover or a film poster, that these images weren’t etched in stone, that it was people who made them. So the main point is to denaturalize these images that serve as a source of anxiety.