Iceberg Projects is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by the Nigerian-born artist Rotimi Fani-Kayode; this will be the artist’s first solo show in Chicago. During his brief career – he died before his time in 1989, during the height of the AIDS crisis in Europe and the US – Fani-Kayode produced a body of visionary work that took up many challenges of the 1980s that are still pressing today: race and racism in the art world, representing complex and intersectional identities, and balancing individual creativity with collective action in the face of discrimination.
On the one hand, Fani-Kayode thought of his camera as a weapon to fight against repressive regimes and his own erasure; on the other, he drew on a global range of art-historical precedents to create tableaux of profound beauty.
The exhibition is an Autograph ABP touring exhibition presented with the arts non-profit Light Work, curated by Mark Sealy and Renée Mussai. The Iceberg Project presentation is made possible by generous financial support from Northwestern University’s Department of Art History and Black Arts Initiative. The initial reproduction of works for Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s (1955-1989) was displayed at Syracuse University Art Galleries in 2016. The show at Iceberg Projects will include newly commissioned prints arranged by Ian Bourland and subsequently travel to Georgetown University, opening in 2020.