Reclamation of the exposition #1
Hahnemühle paper (308 gr)
Reclamation of the Exposition (2020) explores the commodification, fetishization and sexualisation of the black female body, specifically through the human displays in ethnographic expositions in the 18thand 19th centuries. The work is influenced by ethnographic photographs which were circulated as pornography. Black (and other racial minority) bodies were photographed either naked in front of a white background, stripped of their identity, or surrounded by random tropical plants to make the photographs seem authentic. Using self-portraiture and digital collage whilst drawing from Prince Roland Napoleon Bonaparte’s photographic collection ‘Boshimans et Hottentots’, the works combine the contemporary with historic ways of being seen. Referencing her Nigerian heritage, Adekunle explores the relationship between the past and present ways the black female body is treated.
RSA New Contemporaries 2022 (upcoming).
SSA 123rd Annual Exhibition.
Touch: The Politics of Physicality - ACall Festival.
Mindshift Exhibition, The University of Edinburgh.
Futureproof 2020, Street Level Photoworks.
COUP DE FOUDRE, Insurgency Gallery and Five Years.
THIS IS TOMORROW CALLING (Wishing you were here), Alt_D at Zembla Gallery.
A Quest That’s Just Begun, Wooosh Gallery with Generator Projects.
Alt_D Alternative Graduate Showcase (Online).
Buffering… Final Year Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art.
She__. Exhibition, Whitespace Gallery.
Butter On Bacon, Hospitalfield, Arbroath.
2018 - Material Dialogues, Fire Station, Edinburgh.
ECA End of Year Exhibition, DOK Space
Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show Purchase Prize-2020.
Astaire Art Prize 2020-Shortlisted Artist.