28 Tuesday 28th October 2014
All images courtesy Autograph ABP & Tiwani Contemporary, London
To mark the 25th anniversary of his death, London's Tiwani Contemporary will be exhibiting the work of Rotimi Fani-Kayode. Although he only lived to the age of 34, his images explored themes of sexual and cultural idendity like few photographers since.
Born in Nigeria in 1955, Fani-Kayode moved to England when he was only 11. The cultural dislocation was acute, and things only got harder when his homosexuality clashed with his Yoruba upbringing. The work is uniquely corporeal in its approach to these issues, frequently cloaking the nude male body in symbols of Kayode's rich heritage.
The exhibition pits the influence of ancestry and tradition against the pull of personal desire and change. It's well worth a trip if you want to see the fraught and varied identities that have shaped British art.
The exhibition runs until the 1 November 2014 at Tiwani Contemporary, 16 Little Portland Street London W1W 8BP.
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