- Rotimi Fani-Kayode 1955–1989
- Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
- Support: 403 x 388 mm
- Purchased by the Africa Acquisitions Committee 2015
Nigerian-born Fani-Kayode moved to Brighton at the age of 12 to escape civil war. His photographs explore issues of racial, sexual and cultural identity – Bronze Head shows a man’s buttocks and legs above the head of a Yoruba god. Fani-Kayode said his identity came from his own sense of otherness: ‘It is photography therefore – Black, African, homosexual photography – which I must use not just as an instrument, but as a weapon if I am to resist attacks on
my integrity and, indeed, my existence on my own terms.’ In 1987 he co-founded Autograph ABP (Association of Black Photographers).