Autograph is loaning photographs from our collection by artist Rotimi Fani-Kayode to Tate Modern, for their exhibition A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography.
The exhibition will explore the ways contemporary artists have used photography and time-based media to reimagine Africa’s cultural and historical narratives. Bringing together a group of artists from different generations, the exhibition will address the innovative ways African photography challenges perceptions of history, culture, and identity. Focusing on transhistorical themes, A World in Common draws together diverse perspectives on cultural heritage, spirituality, urbanism, and climate emergency to reveal new artistic imaginaries.
The exhibition follows artists across the many landscapes, borders and time zones of Africa to reveal how photography allows the past and the future to co-exist in powerful and transformative ways.
A founding signatory and one of the first chairs 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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