Akinbode Akinbiyi


Akinbode Akinbiyi, Passageways, Involuntary Narratives, and the Sound of Crowded Spaces, 2015-2017. Inkjet prints. Courtesy of the artist.
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Akinbiyi’s primary photographic focus is large, sprawling megacities. Wandering and meandering the highways and byways in an attempt to understand and deeply engage with the modern metropolis. He works primarily in and on the four major African cities Lagos, Cairo, Kinshasa and Johannesburg, but also wanders in other major cities, Khartoum, Adidis Ababa, Dakar, Bamako, to name some. European, North and South American cities are also serious destinations.

There is no one viewpoint or way of working, wandering. The work is open-ended and driven by a desire to delve as deeply as possible into the meaning, the subjectivity of every day. Akinbiyi also works as a curator and has given photographic workshops internationally – in Germany, Nigeria, Sudan, Sweden, England, the United States, and Greece.

1946, born in Oxford, England of Nigerian parents. School and university in Nigeria, England and in Germany. B.A. English, Ibadan University. He has been a freelance photographer since 1977.

1987, STERN reportage stipend to work in the cities of Lagos, Kano, and Dakar.
1993, co-founder of UMZANZSI, a cultural center in Clermont Township in Durban, South Africa.

This year 2017 he has shown in a group show at La Vilette in Paris and is one of the artists showing at documenta 14, taking place almost simultaneously in Athens and Kassel.

Akinbiyi lives in and works out of Berlin.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013-2014
Goethe Institute, Johannesburg

2008
PS1, Hamburg

2005
Völkerkunde Museum, Dresden

1995
LiteraturWerkstatt, Berlin

1993
Durhammer Galerie, Frankfurt/Main

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
La Vilette, Paris
documenta 14, Athens and Kassel

2016
Philadelphia Museum of Art

2009 – 2014
„pret-à-partager“, Dakar, Maputo, Lagos, Cape Town, Douala, Accra, Berlin, Stuttgart

2009
Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth

2007
MOAD, San Francisco

2004 – 2007
AFRICA REMIX, Duesseldorf, London, Paris, Tokyo, Stockholm, Johannesburg

2003
L´Afrique par elle meme, Tervuren
Tales from a globalizing World, Geneva

2001
4th. African Photography Encounters, Bamako
Africa Apart, NGBK, Berlin

2001
AFRICAS AND THE CITY, CCCB, Barcelona

2000
Goethe Institute, Lagos

2000
PORTRÄT AFRIKA, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

1996
MALOKA – documenta Halle, Kassel

1992
ILANGA – New African Images, Kassel

1985
Heidelberger Kunstverein

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2017
b/w portfolio in Monopol, Berlin

2015
co-author of  „dienacht“ photography magazine, special editor, Leipzig, Germany

2014
co-author of „Just Ask!“, Kerber Publishers, Germany

2013
long text/interview in „African Art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work“ edited by J. Grabski and C. Magee, Indiana University Press, Indiana.

2010
b/w reportage „Lagos: All Roads“ in „Afropolis“ catalogue, Cologne

2009
monograph „Neue Nachbarschaften“ with short text. Bayreuth
b/w reportage, images and text in „pret-à-partager“ catalogue, Stuttgart.

2008
curatorial text on the exhibition „Spot on – Bamako 2007“ at IFA, Berlin and Stuttgart

2003
curatorial text on German contemporary photography in the catalogue to the 5th. African Photography Encounters, Bamako.
color reportage and text in „Tales from a globalizing World“ catalogue, London.

2001
b/w reportage, portfolio and text in „Africas and the City“ catalogue, Barcelona.
b/w reportage and curatorial text on Nigerian contemporary photography in the catalogue to the 4th. African Photography Encounters, Bamako.

2000
b/w reportage and text in PORTRÄT AFRIKA catalogue, Berlin

1999
b/w reportage in „Anthology of African Photography“, Paris.

1998
b/w reportege in REVUE NOIR 30

1995
b/w reportage in DU 12/1, Zurich, Switzerland

1992
b/w reportage in PHOTONEWS, Hamburg.

1981
EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHY 8

1980
CAMERA 1/8O (Luzern, Switzerland)