The Walter Collection recently presented the first New York solo show by Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955 – 1989), one of the most important artists of British queer culture of the 1980s. The show opened in March an closed on July 28, displaying works from Rotimi’s series “Nothing to Lose” from 1989, as well as from “Ecstatic Antibodies”, for which he collaborated with his boyfriend Alex Hirst and which was shown in a group exhibition dealing with HIV/AIDS in 1990. In the large-scale color and black-and-white portraits Rotomi explores sexuality, race and religion and recontextualizes his cultural and religious background as the child of a traditional Yoruba upbringing (his Nigerian family had to flee to the U.K. in 1960 after a military coup).
For everyone who wasn’t able to see the exhibition here’s a little collection of pictures that were shown in it. More of the featured photographs can be found below this article about the show on Huffington Post, for more background information about the exhibition check out this press release (pdf) published by The Walter Collection as well as this article on Africa is a Country. To get a bigger overview on the artist’s work please check out the website of the Association of Black Photographers/Autograph ABP, which Rotimi co-founded in 1988.
Copyright: Rotimi Fani-Kayode / Courtesy of The Walther Collection and Autograph ABP, London.