Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989), Untitled, c. 1985



Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989), Untitled, c. 1985

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Collector's Limited Edition

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A prominent figure in the Black British art scene, Fani-Kayode was the founding member and first chairman of Autograph in 1988. 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. His masterfully staged and crafted portraits, sometimes quietly monochromatic and at other times rich in saturated color, stand as powerful, resolutely ambiguous, visual statements.

"On three counts I am an outsider: in matters of sexuality; in terms of geographical and cultural dislocation and in the sense of not having become the sort of respectably married professional my parents might have hoped for" - Rotimi Fani-Kayode

The year 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the artist’s death; at the core of his practice is an important emphasis on the cultural politics of difference, whose legacy has influenced generations of practitioners working across photography, conceptual art and lens based media.

Fani-Kayode’s works are represented across the world in the collections of numerous public institutions and private collectors including Tate, Guggenheim Museum, New York, Victoria & Albert Museum, Walther Family Foundation, Harvard University’s Hutchins Centre, Kiasma-Museum of Contemporary Art and the collection of Yinka Shonibare MBE amongst others.

About the Artist

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. His photographs have been exhibited internationally since 1985, with numerous recent solo exhibitions in London, Boston, New York and Cape Town. In 2003, his work featured in the African Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale, Italy and in 2011 in ARS 11 at Kiasma-Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland.

Posthumous modern print

Silver Gelatin print

Size: 12 x 16 in 

Edition of 5 + 1 Printers Proof

Numbered in pencil and stamped on verso

Certificate of authenticity issued by Autograph

© Rotimi Fani-Kayode

Courtesy of Autograph, London

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