Rivington Place – Summer 2011 season includes a major photographic exhibition from 27 May – 30 July 2011.

Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955 – 1989), a retrospective of his seminal photographs exploring complex notions of sexuality and cultural dislocation. His photographs are comprised of a profoundly personal expedition of homoerotic longing, spirituality and displacement.

In his timeless and highly saturated large-scale colour and black and white portraits, the black male body becomes the core of photographic study: ancestral memories and provocative, multi-layered symbolism fuse with archetypal motifs from European and African cultures and subcultures, inspired by what Yoruba priests call ‘the technique of ecstasy’.

This retrospective is Fani-Kayode’s first exhibition in the UK since 1995, and includes key bodies of work alongside archival prints and polaroids. A founding member of the first Chair of Autograph ABP, Fani-Kayode’s brief career of six years came to a sudden end by his untimely death at the age of 34 on December 21, 1989.

Since 1992, after being entrusted by Fani-kayode’s partner and collaborator, Alex Hirst, Autograph ABP has preserved and promoted Fani-Kayode’s photographic legacy and is proud to have carried out sustained programme of work over a number of years to ensure wider appreciation of the output of one of the leading artists of his generation.


A series of talks, tours, symposia and film screenings run throughout the season, as well as selected off-site events linked to the themes in the exhibition.


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