Fikayo Adebajo is a Nigerian, London-based a artist, sociologist and magical realist whose work is realised through photography, installation, and public programming.The Yoruba worldsense is a guiding principle in her integration of mind, body and soul into the practice of image-making to transform it into an embodied, material and networked process. The central idea of the “ori inu”, puts into focus intuition, community and multiplicity as ways of knowing and moving through the world. For Fikayo, this grounds her work in practices of care and inviting sitters and viewers to be co-creators of new realities. Together, they create new visual languages that ask us to cultivate what she coined as an “Otherwise Gaze” - a gaze beginning from intimate, interior and interpersonal points of connection to look forward in multiple directions. In this way, she presents a methodology for finding joy in seeing and being seen, in moving slowly, in sharing space, and in simply being beyond the burden of representation.
She is currently working in Public Programmes across Tate Modern and Britain and has previously exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Lagos Photo Festival, Barbican Centre, Outernet, Tate Modern and the London School of Economics.
“It All Starts with a Thread”, Whitechapel Gallery (2023)
“Can Creativity Change the World”, Saatchi Gallery; (2023)
“Ground State - Fellowship within the Uncanny”, Lagos Photo Festival; (2023)
Highlights of past exhibitions:
“A Brief History of Love in VII Acts”, Hypha Studios (2023);
“Faces of Womanhood”, Outernet (2023)
“Re:Repair, Barbican Center (2022)”;
“Embodied”, Slash Arts (2022);
“Regenerate, Barbican Center (2021)”,
“Where is South”, Tate Modern (2019)”
“New World (Dis)orders, London School of Economics (2019)