Akinbode Akinbiyi, Hannover Innenstadt, 2023
Akinbode Akinbiyi: Sometimes to be lost is to be found
Nov 11, 2023 – Jan 21, 2024
Kunstverein Hannover
Hannover, Germany

Akinbode Akinbiyi is a renowned photographer. He has not only been honored with the Goethe Medal and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany but was also recently awarded the 2024 Hannah Höch Prize in recognition of his outstanding lifetime achievement in the field.

However, he is not just a photographer; he is also an author, poet, tutor, and chronicler. When it comes to photography, the ephemeral and the ordinary are what catches his eye. Armed with an analogue Rolleiflex camera, he explores what could be called urban labyrinths, skillfully capturing fleeting moments, situations, and moments in time. Through his lens, he is dedicated to capturing the in-between – the fleeting gestures, unusual situations, and transitory moments woven into the fabric of social, often urban, settings.

In preparation for his solo exhibition at Kunstverein Hannover, Akinbiyi spent nearly a year traveling between Berlin, his home of three decades, and the capital of Lower Saxony. Camera in hand, he traversed city landscapes that piqued his interest or that he stumbled upon by chance.

He deliberately meanders at a slow pace through throngs and crowds, amidst the seemingly mundane chaos of everyday life with its hustle and bustle, anonymity, and individuality. He makes visible that which has been overlooked, shines a light on what would otherwise remain hidden. What he captured has been organized into chapters, collections that are far more than mere scrapbooks. They are, in essence, coordinate systems that can be interpreted as the result of an artistic cartography, carefully structured both in space and time.

He has mastered the art of street photography, sharing with us that which exists in plain sight. It’s just that we don’t see it (anymore).

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