Rotimi Fani-Kayode & Alex Hirst: Photographs

by Rotimi Fani-Kayode & Alex Hirst & Mark Sealy & Jean Loup Pivin

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The photographs Rotimi Fani-Kayode made in collaboration with his partner Alex Hirst are 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.

Together, they created a photographic world in which the body is the focal point for an exploration of the relationship between erotic fantasy and ancestral spiritual values. Through a strong use of symbolism – often derived from Fani-Kayode’s Nigerian culture – and vigorous use of colour and dramatic lighting, the work addressed many interlinked themes ambiguous and open-ended in their meanings and interpretations.

Published posthumously, this book documents Fani-Kayode and Hirst’s intensively productive collaborations, which spanned a mere six years from 1983 to 1989, when Fani-Kayode died aged 34.

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