Bloodflowers : Rotimi Fani-Kayode, photography, and the 1980s / W. Ian Bourland
- Bourland, W. Ian, 1982-
- Additional Titles:
- Rotimi Fani-Kayode, photography, and the 1980s
- Durham : Duke University Press, 2019.
- Physical Description:
- viii, 328 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
- Introduction: nothing to lose -- Exposure 1: Brixton -- Exposure 2: Rage and desire -- Exposure 3: Magnolia air -- Exposure 4: The queen is dead -- Exposure 5: Mirror worlds -- Exposure 6: Night moves -- Epilogue: Homecoming.
- Examines the photography of Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989), whose art is a touchstone for cultural debates surrounding questions of gender and queerness, race and diaspora, aesthetics and politics, and the enduring legacy of slavery and colonialism. Born in Nigeria, Fani-Kayode moved between artistic and cultural worlds in Washington, DC, New York, and London, where he produced the bulk of his provocative and often surrealist and homoerotic photographs of black men. The author situates Fani-Kayode's work in a time of global transition and traces how it exemplified and responded to profound social, cultural, and political change. In addition to his formal analyses of Fani-Kayode's portraiture, the author outlines the important influence that surrealism, Neoromanticism, Yoruban religion, the AIDS crisis, experimental film, loft culture, and house and punk music had on Fani-Kayode's work. In doing so, the author offers new perspectives on a pivotal artist whose brief carer continues to resonate with deep aesthetic and social meaning.
- 9781478000686 hardcover ; alkaline paper
1478000686 hardcover ; alkaline paper
9781478000891 paperback ; alkaline paper
1478000899 paperback ; alkaline paper
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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