Re-using Archives with Tayo Adekunle

Re-using Archives

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Tayo Adekunle discusses 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 discusses new ideas and works currently in motion.

“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


Thanks to Tayo Adekunle for the video and photography.


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