Working a lot with self-portraiture, Tayo Adekunle 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 black women’s bodies, taking from contexts that include historical paintings and sculptures as well as 19th century colonial photography. By placing historical imagery in a contemporary context, the relationship between the treatment of black women’s bodies in the past and their treatment in the present day is explored. Reclamation of the Exposition explores the commodification, fetishisation and sexualisation of the black female body, specifically through the human displays in colonial expositions in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Tayo Adekunle is a Nigerian-British Photographer based in London. In 2020, she graduated with a BA (Hons) in Photography from Edinburgh College of Art. She was a recipient of the degree show Purchase Prize, resulting in her work becoming part of The University of Edinburgh Art Collection as well as recently being awarded the Scottish Art Club Award and the SSA New Graduate Award. Most recently she has had work published in the British Journal of Photography.