Autograph has loaned six works by Rotimi Fani-Kayode from our photography collection to the Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography exhibition, organised by Barbican Centre and now on tour to Gropius Bau.
At a time when ideas around masculinity are undergoing a global crisis and concepts such as 'toxic' and 'fragile' masculinity are shaping social discourse, thing exhibition brings together 300 works by 50 international artists such as Laurie Anderson, Richard Avedon, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Peter Hujar, Isaac Julien, Annette Messager, Catherine Opie and Wolfgang Tillmans to offer a panorama of filmic and photographic explorations of masculinity rife with contradictions and complexity.
Rotimi Fani-Kayode was born in Lagos, Nigeria to a prominent Yoruba family before moving to England following the 1966 outbreak of civil war in Nigeria. He later studied at Georgetown University and the Pratt Institute in the USA, before settling permanently in London in 1983 where he lived and worked until his early death from a short and unexpected illness on December 21 1989.
During his tragically brief six-year career, Fani-Kayode produced a complex body of photographic work, exploring themes of race, sexuality, spirituality, and the self.
Read about Autograph's collection of photography, and view a selection of images
Watch Barbican Centre's trailer for the Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography exhibition
Read The New York Times' review of the exhibition at Barbican Centre
Five Things You Need To Know About Rotimi Fani-Kayode on What's On Africa
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Banner image: Rotimi Fani-Kayode, City Gent, 1988.
Page images, from top left: 1) Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Untitled, c. 1985. 2) Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Snap Shot, 2987. Images all ©Rotimi Fani-Kayode and courtesy Autograph, London.