In pictures: Exploring the African male

A retrospective of work by the influential Nigerian photographer, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, marking the 25th anniversary of his death at the age of 34, has gone on show in London. ALL PHOTOS: Rotimi Fani-Kayode, courtesy Autograph ABP and Tiwani Contemporary, London.

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The exhibition features a selection of Fani-Kayode's most important photographic works produced between 1985 and 1989. Born in Lagos to a prominent Yoruba family, he moved as a refugee to Brighton, UK, in 1966 and went on to study in the US before settling in Brixton, London.

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Fani-Kayode's work explores issues of sexuality and desire, highlighting the tensions between his homosexuality and his Yoruba upbringing.

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Fani-Kayode's portraits of the male nude are influenced by surrealism, American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and Yoruba culture, along with an emerging Black British ethic focusing on race, gender and cultural identity.

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Fani-Kayode's images are an act of cultural translation, iconoclasm, liberation and escape.

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Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989) can be seen at Tiwani Contemporary, London, until 1 November 2014.

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