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First Name

Tayo

Last Name

Adekunle

Username

tayoadekunle

Website

tayo-adekunle.format.com

Region

Edinburgh & The Lothians

Disciplines

Photography

Themes

Political, Portraits, Identity

Statement

Statement

Tayo Adekunle is a British Nigerian photographer based in Edinburgh. Working a lot with self-portraiture, she uses her work to explore issues surrounding race, gender and sexuality as well as racial and colonial history. Her work is centred around reworkings of historical tropes relating to the black female body, taking from contexts that include art historical paintings and sculptures as well as 19th century colonial photography. She works to subvert established notions about black female sexuality and the standard of beauty ascribed to black females. By placing historical imagery in a contemporary context, the relationship between the treatment of the black female body in the past and its treatment in the present day is explored.