This lecture by Dr Greg Salter explores the art of Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-89), a Nigerian-born, British-based photographer. Through his representations of the black queer body, Fani-Kayode’s work combines references to the AIDS crisis, the gay leather scene, Yoruba spirit possession, and histories of slavery. This lecture considers how Fani-Kayode brings these disparate elements together and how this might reshape narratives of queer British art history.
Greg Salter is lecturer in art history at the University of Birmingham. He is completing his first book Art And Masculinity In Post-War Britain: Reconstructing Home (Bloomsbury), and is in the early stages of a new project on queer British art history and decolonisation.