Ayọ̀ Akínwándé is an artist, curator, and writer based in Lagos, Nigeria. He has an academic background in Architecture. His practice is multi-disciplinary, working across lens-based media, installation, sound, and performance. He explores power dynamics, the relationship between the “powerful” and the “powerless,” as it manifests in the multi-faceted layers of the human reality.
Akínwándé co-curated the 2017 Lagos Biennial, and was a participating artist at the exhibition held at the Nigerian Railway Museum. He was selected for the 2nd Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennial, and was part of the “Chinafrika-under construction” exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Leipzig. In 2019, he presented solo exhibitions in Nigeria, Scotland, and Cuba for the 13th Bienal De La Habana.
He is a contributor to the book “Asiko: On the Future of Artistic and Curatorial Pedagogies in Africa” by the Centre for Contemporary Arts Lagos. His works and writings have been featured in Art Africa, Contemporary&, The Sole Adventurer, Somethingweafricansgot, People’s Stories Project (PSP), and other publications.
Akínwándé was awarded the Fonderie Darling’s 2019 Place Publique residency prize. He is both a 2018 ArtX and ABSA L’Atelier prize finalist. He has exhibited in solo, and group exhibitions across Africa, and beyond.