Ayo Akinwande is a trained Architect, Photographer and Multimedia artist whose growing practice involves experimentation with photography, installation, performance, video and sound in exploring the concepts of identity, perception, duality and the multi-faceted layers of the human reality. His most recent work, a site-specific installation piece with sculptures and sound titled “Deaf vs. Dumb” takes its point of entry from the unending “Fight against Corruption” campaign by the Nigerian government.
He was a contributor to the Book “ASIKO: On the Future of Artistic and Curatorial Pedagogies in Africa” by the Centre for Contemporary Arts Lagos, with images from his photo series “Postcards from Addis” included in his visual essay. His works have also been featured in art reviews and publications such as Art Africa, Dienacht Magazine, PoetsArtists, Punch Newspapers, Contemporary&, The Sole Adventurer, and SomethingWeAfricansGot.
Akinwande co-curated the 1st Lagos Biennial of Contemporary Arts and was also one of the participating artists at the show which held at the Nigerian Railway Museum. He was selected for the 2nd Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennial and was also part of the “Chinafrika-under construction” exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Leipzig. His works have been exhibited in solo and group shows across African and beyond.
He was born in Lagos, Nigeria and he is an almnus of the Center for Contemporary Arts, Lagos International Art School (ASIKO) and was a participant at the Art Action Academy workshop organized by the Centre for Artistic Activism after which he was confered with the title “Creative Artist” by the academy.
Akinwande lives and works in Lagos. His work is in the collection of the National Museum, Lagos and other private collections.
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2018 Power Show
2017, Deaf vs. Dumb, 1st Lagos Biennial of Contemporary Arts
2017 “赢得 – Win”, ChinAfrika.under construction, Metro zones
2016- “Hunted: The Southern Kaduna Crisis”
2016 “#Census2016” Politics of Numbers, Performance art and Photography Project
2016 Participant, “Road trip: Lagos – Dakar” Molue Mobile Museum of Contemporary Arts (MMMoCA) Goethe Institut, Lagos.
2016 – Ongoing “The Book of Baobab”.
2015 – 2018, Fuel Scarcity Series
2015-2017, “Travelling” Series I & II
2015 – Ongoing “IBILE” A Book Project on the City of Lagos
2014 “Lady Na Master”: Women of Africa/Òrékeléwà Series
2018 Power Show, Omenka Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria.
2015 Boju-Boju, Osh Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria.
2015 Women of Africa, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece.
Selected Group Shows
2017 Deaf vs. Dumb, 1st Lagos Biennial of Contemporary Arts
2017 ChinAfrika. under construction, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Leipzig, Germany.
2017 2nd Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale, China
2017 Moments & Movements, Lagos Contemporary Dance Festival, African Artist Foundation
2016 Iwaya Community Arts Festival (ICAF), Lagos, Nigeria
2016 Kenya Art Fair, Wasanii Exhibition, Nairobi, Kenya
2016 “Here & Here, ASIKO Art School, ASNI Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
2016 “Fiesta de Cierre Making Africa – Lagos Connection. La vida en la Megalopolis”, Barcelona, Spain
2016 ImageNation, “Eyes on the World”, City Gallery, Desenzano del Garda, Italy
2016 Videonale Lagos, “Changing City/Shifting Spaces”, Center for Contemporary Arts, Lagos
2016 FotoParty Lagos, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Edition, Nlele Institut/Goethe Institut, Lagos
2015 ArtBasel Miami, What’s Inside Her Never Dies, Yeelen Gallery, Miami, USA.
2016 International Institute for Creative Development (IICD Centre), Abuja, Nigeria.
2016 CCALagos ASIKO International Arts School, Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia
2017 Participant, West Africa Art Action Academy, Conakry, Guinea
2016 Speaker, Presentation, Fine Arts Department, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria.
2016 Speaker, Artists Presentation, Institut Francais, Abuja, Nigeria.
2016 “Dis Kain City,” Nlele Institute/Goethe Institut, Lagos.
2016 “Videonale in Lagos,” Changing City/Shifting Spaces, KFWStiftung/Goethe Institut, Lagos
2015 “Gated Communities & Public Spaces”, Goethe Institut, Lagos
2015 “Spaces of Displacement”, Negotiations of Migration & Refugeeism in Visual Arts
2015 “Understanding Colours” From Taking Photos to Printing the Perfect Image, POPCAP Academy/Goethe Institut, Lagos
2015 Speaker, Pecha Kucha, Lagos Series 8.
Somethingweafricansgot, Issue #3, 2018
“Rewinding Asiko, the Way Forward”, CCA Lagos, ASIKO: On the Future of Artistic and Curatorial Pedagogies in Africa, Pg 106 – 109, 2017
Catalogue, Lagos Contemporary Dance Festival, March 2017.
ImageNation, Defactory Magazine, Lost Bride Series, March 2016
By Calin Kruse, Dienacht Magazine, Boju-Boju, February 2016
By Didi Menendez, PoetsArtists, Issue #69, December 2015
The Migrant, Spaces of Displacement, Journal on Displacement, Migration & Refugeeism, 2015
By Obidike Okafor, Hide & Seek in Pictures, Art Africa, Pg 206, Issue #01, September 2015
Photo Business Weekly, “Women of Africa”, Athens, Greece
By Chinwe Okafor, Ynaija! Magazine, Why Vote for Change & Transformation, 2015
Arts Dome: “My Works Explore African Roots”, Punch Newspaper, 2014