Rotimi Fani-Kayodé
Black and white photographs

29 March - 29 April 2006

Michael Stevenson is pleased to announce an exhibition of work from the estate of Rotimi Fani-Kayodé.

Fani-Kayodé was born in Nigeria in 1955 to a family of Yoruba ancestry who left Africa as refugees in 1966 and settled in Britain. He studied in the United States, moved back to London in 1983 and died there in 1989 at the young age of thirty-four.

He wrote: 'On three accounts I am an outsider: in matters of sexuality; in terms of geographical and cultural dislocation; and in the sense of not having become the sort of respectably married professional my parents might have hoped for.' Through the medium of photography, and in collaboration with his partner Alex Hirst, Fani-Kayodé produced a body of work in the 1980s that was not only aesthetically seductive but also seminal in terms of his portrayal of black homosexuality. His images are visually and conceptually provocative in their exploration of eroticism, homophobia, traditions and conventions, and ultimately mortality.

This exhibition is, to our knowledge, not only the first time a substantial body of his work will be shown in South Africa, but the first time his black and white images will be shown in Africa.

The exhibition is presented in conjunction with Autograph ABP, London (

Waist Beads, 1987


Techniques of Ecstasy No. 4, 1987

Union Jack



Denis Carney and Essex Hemphill in Brixton

Epa: A Hunter's Burial

Ebo Orisa

Dan Mask, 1989

Under the surplice

Half Opened Eyes Twins

Maternal Milk, 1983

Milk Drinker, 1983

Every Mother's Son/Children of Suffering, 1989

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