Autograph is loaning eight works by Rotimi Fani-Kayode from our collection to Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Norway, for the exhibition Every Moment Counts – AIDS and its Feelings.
Taking its title from a series of color prints by photographer Fani-Kayode, the exhibition presents artworks from 1982 until today. Every Moment Counts – AIDS and its Feelings captures the powerful sense of urgency that artists experienced in response to the tragedy of AIDS, but more than anything else, the poetics of life and its feelings expressed by their works. As a backdrop to the exhibition, the year 2022 is significant: it marks fifty years since the decriminalization of same-sex relationships in Norway when paragraph 213 in the Norwegian Penal Code was lifted.
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. His 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.
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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