Tower XYZ demonstrates self-actualisation in the capital, where the protagonists wander around one of London’s iconic social housing tower blocks and contemplate the future. Here, Akingbade’s use of 16mm film captures their performance so viscerally that the setting is transmuted into a Labyrinthian dreamscape. —Naomi Gessesse
Ayo Akingbade (UK) is an artist and film director based in London. Her works draw on notions of urbanism, power and stance. Her 2016 film Tower XYZ received a Special Mention Award at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and won the inaugural Sonja Savić Award at Alternative Film/Video Festival (Belgrade). She is a recipient of the Sundance Ignite Fellowship and exhibited in ‘New Contemporaries’. Akingbade is a graduate of London College of Communication and is currently studying at Royal Academy Schools.
Claudette’s Star (2019), So They Say (2019), Dear Babylon (2019), A is for Artist (2018), Street 66 (2018), Tower XYZ (2016), In Ur Eye (2015)