Rotimi Fani Kayode

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Book 'Rotimi Fani Kayode & Alex Hirst', monography, Revue Noire 1996
Book 'Rotimi Fani Kayode & Alex Hirst', monography, Revue Noire 1996

Rotimi Fani Kayode & Alrx Hirst






Born in Nigeria in 1955, Rotimi Fani-Kayode spent the essential part of his life with Alex Hirts. His works illustrates the affinities between cultures and individuals. Yoruba Africa takes on an overwhelming importance.


Rotimi Fani Kayode created a photographic worid in which the body is the focal site for an exploration of the relationship between erotic fantasy and ancestral spiritual values. In his artistic project he found the freedom to use the complexity of his experience as a resource with which to embark upon a journey into emotional states of being where it is hard to tell where sexuality ends and where spirituality begins.


What he brought back from his travels into such nocturnal spaces are glimpses into a world illuminated by the ancient enigma of something so violent, so marvellous and so tragic as to be unrepresentable : the human experience of ecstacy.


Few copies of the 'Paper Book' still available



Contents of the book 'Rotimi Fani Kayode et Alex Hirst'


Traces of Ecstasy (by Rotimi Fani-Kayode)

A Rooted Elsewhere (by Jean Loup Pivin)



Black and white photographs portfolio

Acts of God (by Alex Hirst)



Gum-bichromate prints portfolio

A Black British Photographer (by Derek Bishton)



Color photographs portfolio

Eros & Diaspora (by Kobena Mercer)

Being and Memory (by Simon Njami)






Editors Jean Loup Pivin, Pascal Martin Saint Leon

77 B&W and colors photographs

Essays by Rotimi Fani Kayode, Alex Hirst, Kobena Mercer, Derek Bishton, Jean Loup Pivin, Simon Njami

Hardcover book of 128 pages 24×32 cm

Published in 1996

In French and English

ISBN 2 909571 173 - EAN 978 2 909571 171



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