AKINBODE AKINBIYI
Black Atlantic Divinities
Nigeria and Brazil, Lagos and Brazilia: migrant gods and returnees

From resistance to an economic takeover to the resistance and survival of a culture. During the early globalizing period of the transatlantic slave trade, African religions found their way to Brazil. In an environment that sought to destroy African culture, these religions took on a central role in the preservation and restructuring of cultural identity. The Nigerian Orisha cults have survived with unabated vitality in Brazil.

AKINBODE AKINBIYI (Nigeria, 1946)
Born in Oxford. Studied Literature in Ibadan, Lancaster and Heidelberg before taking up photography in 1974. In 1987 he was awarded the Stern Reportage scholarship, which enabled him to continue his long-term project on the mega-cities of Lagos, Cairo, Johannesburg and Kinshasa. Founding member of the UMZANSI cultural centre in Durban and curator of the Biennial for African Photography in Bamako in 2001 and 2003. His works have been shown in numerous exhibitions. He now lives in Berlin.