A former Provost of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Nigeria, Dr. Filani has to his credit six Solo Exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions both in Nigeria and abroad. He has curated many exhibitions and wrote in-depth critiques on the works of artists in numerous catalogues. His research works and creative essays have been published in several journals, books and monographs.
Several time awarded, Kunle Filani is a member of International Art Critics Association (IACA) and of Culture and Creative Arts Forum (CCAF) in Nigeria.
Filani’s research efforts are rooted essentially in the trajectory exploration and exposition of indigenous traditions which find continuing expressions in contemporary African’s visual and verbal metaphors.
Claus Fund, a Netherlands-based organization that promotes inter-cultural exchange, has described James-Iroha as the “Leading light of a new generation of Nigerian photographers.” In his diverse work, he fuses the creative language of imagery with the documentation of everyday reality while addressing wide-ranging issues from economic imperialism to the brutal relationships, which exist between races, social class and gender. He is also the director of Photo Garage, which offers an indigenous platform for domestic and global intellectual photography exchanges. He is also the director of Depth of Field (DOF), a photography collective based in Lagos. James- Iroha has been honored with the Elan Prize at the African Photography Encounters in Mali, 2005 for his work Fire, Flesh, and Blood, as well as the Prince Claus Award, 2008 for his work in supporting young artists and promoting photography as an art form in Nigeria.
It is both experimental and instant documentary medium that unveil the intuitive nuances of his creation both living and material.
Moving around has also made him realize the dare need to give back to the younger ,but, at-risk citizens of his country Nigeria.