Rotimi Fani-Kayode Photography Retrospective At NCC Through March 11

Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Every Moment Counts (Ecstatic Antibodies), 1988. Courtesy of Autograph ABP, London.

The Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery at Nassau Community College is proud to present Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989): A Retrospective Photography Exhibit, which runs through March 11.

The exhibition features a selection of Fani-Kayode’s most photographic works produced between 1955 and 1989, including large scale color works and arresting black and white images. His portraits explore complex personally- and politically-engaged notions of desire, spirituality and cultural dislocation. Fani-Kayode used the medium of photography not only to question issues of sexuality and homoerotic desire, but also to address themes of diaspora and belonging, as well as the tensions between his homosexuality and his Yoruba upbringing.

A prominent figure in the black British art scene, Fani-Kayode was the founding member and first chairman of Autograph Association of Black Photographers in 1988. His photographs have been exhibited internationally, with numerous solo exhibitions in London, Boston, New York and Capetown. Many of his photographs were created in collaboration with his late partner Alex Hirst.

Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989): A Retrospective Photography Exhibit is made possible through the Exhibition Traveling Services of SU Art Galleries at Syracuse University. It is organized by Light Work, in partnership with Autograph ABP. The Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery is located in Room 140 of the College Center Building. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about the exhibit, call 516-572-7162.

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