Georgetown University

Rotimi Fani-Kayode

22 Jan – 3 Apr 2022

Touring exhibition
Curated by Mark Sealy and Renée Mussai



Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery
3535 Prospect St NW
Washington D.C. 20057, USA



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Rotimi Fani-Kayode's photographs constitute a profound narrative of sexual and cultural difference – seminal in their exploration of the politics of desire, diaspora, displacement, spirituality and the black male body. Although his career was cut short by his untimely death at the age of 34, Fani-Kayode remains one of the most significant names in the history of black photography.

Autograph's retrospective exhibition of Fani-Kayode's photographs, in partnership with Light Work, will tour to the Maria & Alberto de la Cruz Art Gallery at Georgetown University in 2022.


Four Twins [detail], 1985


Every Moment Counts (Ecstatic Antibodies), 1989


Grapes, 1989


Nothing to Lose XII (Bodies of Experience), 1989


Cargo of Middle Passage, 1989


Every Moment Counts II (Ecstatic Antibodies), 1989


Adebiyi, 1989

about the artist

Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955 - 1989)

A founding member and first chairman of Autograph, Fani-Kayode was actively engaged in the Black British art scene during the 1980s.

His photographs have been exhibited internationally since 1985, with numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe, America and Africa. In 2003, his work featured in the African Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale, Italy and today his works are represented in major public and private collectors including Tate, Guggenheim Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum; The Walther Collection; The Hutchins Center; Kiasma-Museum of Contemporary Art; and the collection of Yinka Shonibare CBE, amongst others.


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An Autograph touring exhibition in partnership with Light Work. Organized for Georgetown by art critic and professor, Dr. Ian Bourland.

Banner image: Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Untitled [detail], 1988. Courtesy of Autograph, London.

Page images from top, left to right: 1) Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Four Twins, 1985. Courtesy of Autograph, London. 2) Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Every Moment Counts (Ecstatic Antibodies), 1989. Courtesy of Autograph, London. 3) Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Nothing to Lose XII (Bodies of Experience), 1989. Courtesy of Autograph, London. 4) Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Every Moment Counts II (Ecstatic Antibodies), 1989. 5) Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Grapes, 1989. Courtesy of Autograph, London. 6) Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Cargo of Middle Passage, 1989. 7) Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Adebiyi, 1989. Courtesy of Autograph, London.

Other page images: 8) Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Umbrella, 1987. Courtesy of Autograph, London. 9) Cover of book Rotimi Fani-Kayode & Alex Hirst: Photographs.