Lakin Ogunbanwo, born 1987 in Lagos, Nigeria, a Nigerian photographer who first began practicing his art while studying at Law school in the UK. Initially self taught, he eventually travelled to Paris for professional studies at the Spéos Photography Institute. His work features bold and provocative portraits, as well as fashion, often set against bright colours and Lagos cityscapes. Ogunbano’s series quietly challenge the conservative culture of Nigeria. In 2013 he was profiled by CNN as one of “Africa’s Most Exciting New Photographers”.
Working at the confluence of fashion photography and classical portraiture, young Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo creates enigmatic portraits with an erotic and subversive undertone. His subjects exist defiantly in the frame often masked by shadow, drapery and foliage.
A versatile artist with an eye for colour, he goes against the status quo with remarkable confidence, challenging the conservative culture of his country with his thought provoking imagery that can be described as vivid and sometimes suggestive.
His use of vibrant flat colour and bold compositions form a more minimalist homage to the african studio photography popular in the 1960s and 70’s.
Within an impressive time of four years, Lakin has a portfolio that boasts of several exhibitions and work with some of the brightest African and international talents, his meticulous approach allows him to create the visually stunning imagery that earned him a top spot on CNN’s profile of “Africa’s Most Exciting New Photographers”.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
- 2017 Africa Now, Galleries Lafayette Festival, Paris
- 2016 We Must Not Be Looking, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
- 2015 Are We Good Enough, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
- 2014 Muse, Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
New Work, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
- 2013 Portraits, Rooke and Van Wyk Gallery, Johannesburg
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
- 2017 Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, NSW
- 2016 Art x Lagos, The Civic Centre, Lagos
- Nataal: New African Photography, Red Hook Labs, New York
- Dey you Lane!, BOZAAR, Brussels
- Rituals and Performance: Inherent Risk, Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria
- 2015 Joburg Art Fair, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
- Afreaka Festival, Meetings Between Contemporary Brazil and Africa, Mario de Andrade Library, Sao Paulo
- Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London
- 2014 Uncertain Terms, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
- Art14, London, UK
- Grid Photo Bienalle, Cape Town
- 2013 The Human Condition, LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos
- 2012 The Mask, Terrakulture Gallery, Nigeria
- Spectrum, Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos
Lakin Ogunbanwo’s photography has been featured in the Times New York, ID online, British GQ and Riposte Magazine. He has completed commercial work for The New Yorker, Vogue Italia, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Bon Magazine, ELLE South Africa and Wall Paper Magazine. Recent exhibitions have included Lagos Photo Festival 2016, Art x Lagos and Art 14 London.
Lakin Ogunbanwo has been recognised by the British Journal of Photography as one of the Top 25 Photographers of 2015 in their annual Ones to Watch edition. Recently, Ogunbanwo attended the MMCA Residency programmed by theÂ National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA). He has also been commissioned to create several installations for the window displays of Galeries Lafayette in Paris, as part of the Africa Now exhibition (2017). His work has recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia for their private collection and also forms part of the Wedge Collection in Toronto, Canada.