Autograph has loaned four works from our collection by Rotimi Fani-Kayode to the exhibition Cut & Mix: Visual Representations of Black British Masculinities at New Art Exchange.
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.
Cut & Mix is an exhibition curated by Ian Sergeant to interrogate notions of race, gender, sexualities, class, place and identities in relation to Black British masculinities. The exhibition is located in the emergence of the Blk Art Group's work (1979-1984), a signifier of an emerging Black consciousness in Britain in the early 1980's. It will feature interdisciplinary contemporary and archival works by Black British artists allowing for a dialogue between past, present and future representations of Black British masculinities.
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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