Gropius Bau Presents 'Akinbode Akinbiyi: Six Songs, Swirling Gracefully in the Taut Air'

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Gropius Bau Presents 'Akinbode Akinbiyi: Six Songs, Swirling Gracefully in the Taut Air'

The photography exhibition Six Songs, Swirling Gracefully in the Taut Air brings together works from various long-term series composed by Berlin-based Nigerian photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi, who has captured intimate scenes and communal life in cities such as Lagos, Berlin, Johannesburg, Bamako and Chicago, among many other locations.

Image: Akinbode Akinbiyi, Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, 2006. From the series Sea Never Dry Photograph, Courtesy: the artist

 

The photography exhibition Six Songs, Swirling Gracefully in the Taut Air brings together works from various long-term series composed by Berlin-based Nigerian photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi, who has captured intimate scenes and communal life in cities such as Lagos, Berlin, Johannesburg, Bamako and Chicago, among many other locations.

 

Image: Akinbode Akinbiyi, Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, 2006. From the series Sea Never Dry Photograph, Courtesy: the artist

 

Akinbode Akinbiyi’s anthology of black and white pictures reflects a world of overlooked narratives, gestures and beliefs in the midst of noisy streets, coastal horizons and dense neighbourhoods. For Akinbiyi, wandering is a central tool for documenting social realities and the psychogeography of urban environments. This exhibition includes the internationally renowned series Lagos: All Roads and the ongoing ensemble African Quarter – photographs made in Berlin since the late 1990s. These document streets that carry historical traces of Germany’s colonial past and plot candid encounters amidst the African diaspora and Afro-German communities in the city, especially around the neighbourhood of Wedding.

Gropius Bau, Berlin

7 February - 17 May, 2020

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