Akinbode Akinbiyi was born in Oxford, England to Nigerian student parents, and grew up in England and Nigeria. After a B.A. English degree from Ibadan University, Nigeria, Akinbiyi returned to Europe, where he took up photography, both as a profession and in personal work on large, sprawling megacities.
The narrative in the labyrinthian weave of city streets, wandering quietly and gently on hectic highways and less frenetic byways, eyes acute to the immediacy of the here and now and simultaneously the faraway oblique horizon. “Passageways, Involuntary Narratives, and the Sound of Crowded Spaces”, 2016 -2017, was a body of work shown during documenta 14 in both Athens and Kassel, and that to date encapsulates this constantly evolving wandering.
A more recent intervention is the retrospective show “Six Songs, Swirling Gracefully in the Taut Air” at Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, that opened on 6 February, 2020 and is set to run till 7July, 2020. A show that traverses the wide scope and wanderings going back some four decades.
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