Akinbode Akinbiyi


In addition to lectures, music, and film, the Edward W. Said Days include an exhibition of works by photographer, author, and curator Akinbode Akinbiyi. These are unsettling images of movement, often taken from an exilic and contrapuntal perspective, constantly asking the question: where and what is home?

Exhibition on view on the first and  third floor of the main lobby of the Barenboim-Said Akademie.


  • 00:06 Working and Living on counterpoint
  • 00:54 The Exhibition’s Themes
  • 02:12 Capturing the Moments
  • 02:55 Embracing a contrapuntal view
  • 04:25 Give and Take with the viewers
  • 05:28 The Edward W. Said Days
  • 05:40 The Legacy of Said


Akinbode Akinbiyi was born in Oxford in 1946 to Nigerian parents and has been a seriously engaged photographer and writer since the 1970s. His primary artistic focus is on major urban conglomerations and the megacities especially on the African continent. He cautiously wanders their highways and byways, their malls and outdoor leisure sites to take images that resonate something of the vibrancy and buzz of these contested spaces and, so to speak, make them heard. His work his exhibited and published worldwide. In 2016, he received the Goethe Medal. Akinbode Akinbiyi is presently based in Berlin.

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