Lakin Ogunbanwo


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. 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.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1987 Lakin Ogunbanwo studied Law at Babcock University, Nigeria and Buckingham University, England before beginning work as a fashion photographer in 2012. His work has been featured in the Times New York, ID online, British GQ and Riposte Magazine. Solo exhibitions include We Must Not Be Looking (2017) and Are We Good Enough (2015) at WHATIFTHEWORLD, and Portraits by Lakin Ogunbanwo (2013) at Rooke & van Wyk Gallery in Johannesburg. Recent group exhibitions include Dey Your Lane! at BOZAAR; Lagos Photo Festival (2016) and Art x Lagos in Nigeria (2016).

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 the 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.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 e wá wo mi - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2017 Africa Now, Galleries Lafayette, Paris
We Must Not Be Looking - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Johannesburg
2015 Are We Good Enough - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2014 New Work - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
Muse, Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
2013 Portraits by Lakin Ogunbanwo, Rooke and Van Wyk Gallery, Johannesburg

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, NSW
2016 Art x Lagos, The Civic Centre, Lagos
Rituals and Performance: Inherant Risk, Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria
Dey your Lane!, BOZAAR, Brussels
Nataal: New African Photography, Red Hook Labs, New York
2015 Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London
2015 Joburg Art Fair - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
Afreaka Festival, Meetings Between Contemporary Brazil and Africa, Mario de Andrade Library, São Paulo
2014 Grid Photo Bienalle, Cape Town
Uncertain Terms - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
Art14, London, UK
2013 The Human Condition, LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos, Nigeria
2012 Spectrum, Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, Nigeria
The Mask, Terrakulture Gallery, Nigeria