Rotimi Fani-Kayode works loaned to Whitechapel Gallery

24 Feb - 5 Jun 2022

Past Collection Loan


Autograph has loaned two works from our collection by Rotimi Fani-Kayode to the Whitechapel Gallery, for their exhibition A Century of the Artist's Studio 1920–2020.

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.

works in the loan

Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Nothing to Lose VIII (Bodies of Experience), 1989

Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Every Moment Counts (Ecstatic Antibodies), 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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Rotimi Fani Kayode images courtesy Autograph, London

Banner image: Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Every Moment Counts (Ecstatic Antibodies) [detail], 1989.

Page images, from top: 2) Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Nothing to Lose VIII (Bodies of Experience), 1989. 3) Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Every Moment Counts (Ecstatic Antibodies), 1989. 4)  Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Umbrella, 1987. 5) Rotimi Fani Kayode & Alex Hirst: Photographs. Published by Autograph. 6) Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Untitled, c. 1985