Hales is thrilled to announce that the Hood Museum have acquired three works by Rotimi Fani-Kayode, purchased through the William S. Rubin Fund.
Rotimi Fani-Kayode was born in 1955, in Lagos, Nigeria to a prominent Yoruba family before moving to England following the outbreak of civil war. Fani-Kayode is a highly influential figure in the history of art who, despite a tragically brief career, produced a complex body of photographic work that explored themes of race, sexuality, spirituality, and the self.
At the core of Fani-Kayode's art was an emphasis on difference and otherness. The status of 'outsider' was one with which he identified on multiple fronts - from his 'geographic dislocation' to the exclusion he experienced as a result of his sexuality and artistic career - and which motivated him throughout his life. Fani-Kayode's powerful legacy continues to speak to urgent issues concerning identity politics, belonging and desire, and has deeply impacted subsequent generations of contemporary artists and photographers.
The Hood Museum at Dartmouth College
6 E Wheelock St
March 2, 2023