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 iwalks and 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 everyday. Akinbiyi also works as a curator and has given photographic workshops internationally – in Germany, Nigeria, Sudan, Sweden, England, the United States, 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
Durhammer Galerie, Frankfurt/Main
Völkerkunde Museum, Dresden
Goethe Institute, Johannesburg
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
ILANGA – New African Images, Kassel
MALOKA – documenta Halle, Kassel
PORTRÄT AFRIKA, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Goethe Institute, Lagos
AFRICAS AND THE CITY, CCCB, Barcelona
4th. African Photography Encounters, Bamako
Africa Apart, NGBK, Berlin
L´Afrique par elle meme, Tervuren
Tales from a globalizing World, Geneva
2004 – 2007
AFRICA REMIX, Duesseldorf, London, Paris, Tokyo, Stockholm, Johannesburg
MOAD, San Francisco
2009 – 2014
“pret-à-partager”, Dakar, Maputo, Lagos, Cape Town, Douala, Accra, Berlin, Stuttgart
Philadelphia Museum of Art
La Vilette, Paris
documenta 14, Athens and Kassel
CAMERA 1/8O (Luzern, Switzerland)
EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHY 8
b/w reportage in PHOTONEWS, Hamburg.
b/w reportage in DU 12/1, Zurich, Switzerland
b/w reportege in REVUE NOIR 30
b/w reportage in “Anthology of African Photography”, Paris.
b/w reportage and text in PORTRÄT AFRIKA catalogue, Berlin
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.
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.
curatorial text on the exhibition “Spot on – Bamako 2007” at IFA, Berlin and Stuttgart
monograph “Neue Nachbarschaften” with short text. Bayreuth
b/w reportage, images and text in “pret-à-partager” catalogue, Stuttgart.
b/w reportage “Lagos: All Roads” in “Afropolis” catalogue, Cologne
long text/interview in “African Art, Interviews, Narratives: Bodies of Knowledge at Work” edited by J. Grabski and C. Magee, Indiana University Press, Indiana.
co-author of “Just Ask!”, Kerber Publishers, Germany
b/w portfolio in Monopol, Berlin