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Evan Ifekoya

January 29 to May 1, 2022

The London-based artist Evan Ifekoya will present their first solo exhibition in Switzerland at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst. Evan Ifekoya is an artist and energy worker who, through sound, text, video, and performance, places demands on existing systems and institutions of power in order to recentre and prioritise the experiences and voices of those previously marginalised. Their practice considers art as a site where resources can be both redistributed and renegotiated, whilst challenging the implicit rules and hierarchies of public and social spaces. This occurs both in institutions, through the creation of immersive installations, and in their video and performance practice. Through archival and sonic investigations, they speculate on blackness in abundance, which allows for different positions to emerge, creating a shared society in which class, race, and gender are not predetermined factors and freedom from the constraints of white supremacy and patriarchy becomes possible.

In this new commission, Ifekoya will explore a cosmology of healing through sound, stillness, and the creation of intentional space–a site for reflection and contemplation as part of a large installation inside the museum. Through investigations with sonic and visual artists as well as instrument-makers, the exhibition will focus on self-care and healing. It comes at a moment when we have spent a great deal of time in isolation, away from our friends and families, and require moments to contemplate the world we live in. The exhibition will further explore Ifekoya’s ongoing investigation into the somatic experience of listening, the healing potential of sound, and the spiritual dimension of sexuality.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Michael Birchall (curator, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst) and will be one of Ifekoya’s largest exhibitions to date. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Evan Ifekoya established the collectively run and QTIBPOC (queer, trans*, intersex, black and people of colour)-led Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.) in 2018. They won the Kleinwort Hambros Emerging Artists Prize in 2019 and the Arts Foundation Award for Live Art sponsored by the Yoma Sasberg Estate in 2017. They have presented exhibitions and performances across Europe and internationally, including at the Liverpool Biennial (2021); the Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (2020); De Appel, Amsterdam (2019); Gasworks, London (2018); the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans as part of Prospect 4 (2017); the Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town (2016); Studio Voltaire, London (2015); and Castlefield Gallery Manchester (2014).