Fully booked! Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Mark Sealy

Saturday 1 November, 3pm

Tiwani Contemporary

London, UK

Free event, fully booked

Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE and Autograph ABP Director Mark Sealy discuss Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s work and legacy.

This event marks the last day of Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955 - 1989), an exhibition of Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s work at Tiwani Contemporary in partnership with Autograph ABP.

Although his career was cut short by his untimely death at the age of 34, Fani-Kayode nonetheless remains one of the most significant names in the history of black photography.

Fani-Kayode’s photographic portraits explore complex personal and politically-engaged notions of desire, spirituality and cultural dislocation. They depict the black male body as a focal point both to interpret and probe the boundaries of spiritual and erotic fantasy, and of cultural and sexual difference. Ancestral rituals and a 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”. Hence Fani-Kayode uses the medium of photography not only to question issues of sexuality and homoerotic desire, but also to address themes of diaspora and belonging, and the tensions between his homosexuality and his Yoruba upbringing.

Part of the exhibition

Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955 – 1989)

19 September - 1 November 2014

Tiwani Contemporary, London

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In partnership with

Tiwani Contemporary

Founded in 2011, Tiwani Contemporary exhibits and represents international emerging and established artists, focussing on Africa and its diaspora.

The gallery presents work through its exhibition programme and participation in art fairs.

In addition to its commercial activities, Tiwani Contemporary runs a public programme, Art Connect, supported by the A.G Leventis Foundation. This provides a platform for discussing contemporary artistic practice through publications, talks and projects, both within the gallery and in association with other organisations.

Tiwani Contemporary works in collaboration with the Centre of Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA Lagos) on both its exhibition and public programmes.

About the speakers

Over the past decade, Yinka Shonibare MBE has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation. His work explores these issues, alongside those of race and class, through the media of painting, sculpture, photography, and more recently, film and performance.  Shonibare has exhibited at the Venice Biennial and at leading museums worldwide. In 2010, Nelson's Ship in a Bottle became his first public art commission on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. He was a Turner prize nominee in 2004 and awarded the decoration of 'Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire'. In 2013 he was elected Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts.

Mark Sealy MBE is the Director of Autograph ABP. Since 1991, he has initiated the production of numerous publications, exhibitions and residency projects and commissioned photographers and filmmakers worldwide. In 2002, he jointly initiated and developed a £7.96 million capital building project (Rivington Place), which opened in 2007 (developed in partnership with the Institute of International Visual Arts). One of his most recent projects was the commissioning of The Unfinished Conversation, a film-work by John Akomfrah on the political life of Professor Stuart Hall.  In 2007, Sealy was awarded the Hood Medal for services to photography by the Royal Photographic Society.  Sealy is currently a PhD candidate at Durham Centre for Advanced Photographic Studies at Durham University, England. His research and curatorial practice focuses on photography and cultural violence.


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Additional Info

Tiwani Contemporary
16 Little Portland Street
London W1W 8BP

tel. +44 (0) 20 7631 3808