“You’ve got to be a bit utopian to be an artist because it is not a very realistic occupation. The thought of being an artist in itself I think is a utopian idea because I don’t really make anything useful and I think that in of itself is an illustration of my disposition.”
“If there is anything like contemporary African art, it is those creations that are cognisant of this element of spontaneity and improvisation, which tends to work with, and draw from it the possibility of alternative forms and aesthetics. Therefore “being African” is to blur the lines between possible and impossible rendering the very state of “being” indefinable.”
My philosophy is that you are quickest on foot. This may sound contradictory. When you walk you move slowly through spaces and by so doing you see more. I have been doing this for 40 years. I move very slowly and gently, I try not to invade other people’s spaces, while at the same time trying to take images. It is a sort of dance, a negotiation, meandering — a very sensitive way of moving through all kinds of spaces.
– Akinbode Akinbiyi, Nigerian Photographer