For the exhibition THE FACULTY OF SENSING – Thinking With, Through, and By Anton Wilhelm Amo, Akinbode Akinbiyi made several trips to Braunschweig. Using his camera to make some ‘Attempts at Understanding’, Akinbiyi decided to set off in Amo’s shoes: if Amo were here today, what would he pick up on? Where would he look; where would his feet take him? Perhaps even to our exhibition, to the Anton Wilhelm Amo Centre, as the Kunstverein was called for this period (upon Konrad Wolf’s recommendation). The exhibition aimed to use artistic and speculative approaches from different angles to engage with Amo as a thinker, to devote attention to his philosophy and his perceptions, and to investigate why it has taken so long for him to gain recognition.
Akinbode Akinbiyi and Adama Delphine Fawundu were both visiting Braunschweig, from Berlin and New York City respectively, as the exhibition was being prepared. Akinbiyi’s photograph is a serendipitous capture of the moment in which Fawundu was trying to find the right height to install her photo collage.