The photographs Rotimi Fani-Kayode made in collaboration with his partner Alex Hirst constitute a profound narrative of sexual and cultural difference, seminal in their exploration of the politics of desire, diaspora, displacement, spirituality and the black male body.
Together, they created a photographic world in which the body is the focal point for an exploration of the relationship between erotic fantasy and ancestral spiritual values. Through a strong use of symbolism – often derived from Fani-Kayode’s Nigerian culture – and vigorous use of colour and dramatic lighting, the work addressed many interlinked themes, which are ambiguous and open-ended in their meanings and interpretations.
Published posthumously in association with Editions Revue Noir, this publication documents Fani-Kayode and Hirst's intensively productive collaborations, which spanned a mere six years from 1983 to 1989, when Fani-Kayode died aged 34. This is a vintage first edition in dual languages with texts in French and English.
“In his artistic project he found the freedom to use the complexity of his experience as a resource with which to embark on a journey into emotional states of being where it is hard to tell where sexuality ends and where spirituality begins.”
Mark Sealy and Jean Loup Pivin
Kobena Mercer, Simon Njami, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Alex Hirst, Jean Loup Pivin & Derek Bishton
|Dimensions||238mm x 320mm|