Re-using Archives with Tayo Adekunle

Tayo Adekunle
April 15th, 2021 - April 15th, 2021

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Join us (virtually) on April 15th between 7pm and 8pm for a visually stimulating, audio-lly engaging, interactively spectacular talk by emerging artist Tayo Adekunle. She will be discussing her use of photography to implement historical figures and events into the present day, reworking and subverting historical tropes about the black female body. By using archival imagery and combining it with her own self portraiture she confronts the continuing fetishisation and othering of the black body. As well as talking about past projects she will be discussing new ideas and works currently in motion. The event will be held on Zoom, her talk will be followed by a Q&A and the event will last one hour.

Artist Statement: “Tayo Adekunle is a British Nigerian photographer based in Edinburgh. Working a lot with self-portraiture, she uses her work to explore issues surrounding race, gender and sexuality as well as racial and colonial history. Her work is centred around re-workings of historical tropes relating to the black female body, taking from contexts that include art historical paintings and sculptures as well as 19th century colonial photography. She works to subvert established notions about black female sexuality and the standard of beauty ascribed to black females. By placing historical imagery in a contemporary context, the relationship between the treatment of the black female body in the past and its treatment in the present day is explored.”

Instagram: @tayoadekunlephotography


Reclamation of the Exposition. Tayo Adekunle. 2020.
Reclamation of the Exposition. Tayo Adekunle. 2020.
Reclamation of the Exposition. Tayo Adekunle. 2020.