Rotimi Fani-Kayode

Bronze Head

1987, printed c.1987–8

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On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Rotimi Fani-Kayode 1955–1989
Medium
Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions
Support: 403 x 388 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased by the Africa Acquisitions Committee 2015
Reference
T14353

Online caption

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).

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