Rotimi Fani Kayode:(1955-1989) Photographs
Exhibition: – 15 May 2009
Neil and Angelica Rudenstine Gallery
104 Mt. Auburn St., 3R
Autograph ABP presents Rotimi Fani Kayode: (1955-1989) Photographs in partnership with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at the Rudenstine Gallery, Harvard University. A retrospective exhibition of large-scale colour and black and white photographs by Rotimi Fani-Kayode, including archival works exhibited in the USA for the first time. Produced during the 1980s in a career spanning only six years, often in collaboration with his late partner Alex Hirst, Fani-Kayode's photographic scenarios constitute a profound narrative of sexual and cultural difference, seminal in their exploration of complex notions of diaspora, identity, spirituality and the black male body as subject of desire. A founding member and first Chair of Autograph ABP, Fani-Kayode died in 1989. This exhibition marks twenty years since Fani-Kayode's death, and is closely linked to the establishment of Autograph ABP's Archive and Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography at Rivington Place, London.