Jacob Charles Wilson

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Celebrating Queer Black Photography Pioneer, Rotimi Fani-Kayode

for Another Man
A nude Black man crouches, wrapping his arms around himself in a sculptural pose.

Rotimi Fani-Kayode was just 34 when he died, suddenly and unexpectedly, in 1989. He left behind a body of work that was unashamedly black, African, and gay, made in the face of the double threat of neo-nazi street movements and government-sanctioned prejudice, and the ever-present threat of HIV/AIDS. His photographs show a tender, sensuous, fantastical image of masculinity, that was always thoroughly political and which makes an invaluable addition to Masculinities: Liberation through Photography, just opened at the Barbican Centre.

On three counts am I an outsider, in matters of sexuality; in terms of geographical and cultural dislocation; and in the sense of not having become the sort of respectably married professional my parents might have hoped for. Such a position gives me a feeling of having very little to lose."