aYẹni is a photographer with a background in architecture whose body of works often lie within documentary and architectural photography. Influenced by the built environment, he seeks to highlight the often unnoticed elements composing the architecture-urbanist landscape of Nigeria. He is interested in languages, cultural psychology and is currently researching ‘final-year’ culture in Nigerian architecture schools. A graduate of the University of Lagos, Ayeni is an alumna of the Canon Storytelling Masterclass led by Georgina Goodwin. His works have been exhibited at the Rasheed Gbadàmọ́sí Èkó Art Expo, 2017, the Canon Alumni Exhibition and The Maker Lab’s “Here is Home”, both in 2018. His series ‘Electrocuted Architecture’ was published in Saraba Magazine’s 2017 Issue 21: ‘Transitions’, and in PHmuseum where his Workers Behind the Design Yard project won a Story of the Week feature. His architecture photographs of Lagos have been published in the Lost in Lagos magazine, and Esquire Korea. He is a winner of the 2018 Open House Lagos photography competition and more recently, part of the winning team for the Nigerian Economic Summit Group 2019 art contest.
Ayẹni approaches photography with an attempt to reveal and comprehend the underlaying patterns, processes and people involved in creating and utilising designed objects, spaces and environments — not only for himself but for the viewer. Akin to a problem solving tool in built design.
You can follow more of his work on Instagram @jide_yeni and on Twitter where he plays with black and white.