Writing Diaspora Art History: On Rotimi Fani-Kayode and the 1980s

Sep 17, 2020 4:00 PM



Limited to the UT community

This talk is based on the book Bloodflowers: Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Photography, and the 1980s (Duke University Press, 2019). It discusses the brief career of an Afro-British photographer trained in the United States during the 1970s, and who worked during a decade defined by conservative retrenchment, new modes of black radical art, and activism amid the unfolding AIDS crisis. Beyond sharing the story of an artist that actively presaged new forms of queer and intersectional practice, this talk also reflects on what it means to write art history and criticism about African diaspora artists in the 21st century.

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Dr. Ian Bourland is Assistant Professor of Global Contemporary Art History at Georgetown University and a contributing editor to frieze. He writes widely on Black Atlantic and diaspora art, especially photography and video, and contributes art, music, and pop culture criticism to a range of international publications.

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