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Rotimi Fani-Kayode at Tiwani Contemporary

Image by Rotimi Fani-Kayode

Exhibition preview

A RETROSPECTIVE exhibition featuring the work of photographer Rotimi Fani-Kayode will be on display at Tiwani Contemporary from September 19 to November 1, 2014.

Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989) remains one of the most significant names in the history of photography, despite the fact his career was cut short by his death in Brixton aged 34.

This new exhibition will feature a selection of his most important photographic works produced between 1985-1989, including large-scale colour works and arresting black and white images.

Fani-Kayode uses the medium of photography not only to question issues of sexuality and homoerotic desire, but also to address themes of diaspora and belonging, and the tensions between his homosexuality and his Yoruba upbringing.

Rotimi Fani-Kayode was born in Lagos, Nigeria to a prominent Yoruba family, who left Africa as refugees in 1966 and moved to Brighton in the UK. He later studied at Georgetown University and the Pratt Institute in the USA, before settling permanently in the UK in 1983 where he lived and worked until his early death from a short and unexpected illness on December 21, 1989.

The main body of Fani-Kayode’s work was created between 1983 and 1989. His photographs have been exhibited internationally since 1985, including several solo exhibitions presented by Autograph ABP, at Harvard University, USA in 2009; Rivington Place, London in 2011; and Iziko South African National Gallery, South Africa in 2014.

In 2003, his work featured in the African Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, and in 2011 in ARS 11 at Kiasma-Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland. His works are represented in the permanent collections of the V&A Museum in London, the Artur Walther Foundation, NY/Neu-Ulm, and in numerous other international private and public collections.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 6pm; Saturday, 12 noon to 5pm; Sunday and Monday closed.

Tiwani Contemporary, 16 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 8BP

Tel: +44 (0)20 7631 3808