Evan Ifekoya - Undercurrent 528 • Studio STUK
A filmic trip in search of portals of care and intimacy, and the healing potential of sound
Undercurrent 528 is a film that draws on American avant-garde filmmaker Stephen Dwoskin’s complex relationship with care, desire and everyday rituals as made visible in his vast oeuvre. A series of invitations were sent out by Ifekoya to their extended black, queer and trans community for a dancer, a drummer, a gathering around breath and breathing and a sonic response to these images. Undercurrent 528 explores the relationship between documentation and liveness, opening portals of intimacy by bringing people together through different spaces and time. It is part of a series of works exploring the reparative dimension of sound and its potential as a gateway to alternate aspects of our reality.
Credits: Undercurrent 528 (2021), HD video, colour, 15’30”
Evan Ifekoya (°1988) is a London based artist and energy worker who through sound, text, moving image and performance places demands on existing systems and institutions of power in order to recentre and prioritise the experience and voice of those previously marginalised. The 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 space. Through archival and sonic investigations, they speculate on blackness in abundance. Their ongoing investigation considers the somatic experience of listening, the healing potential of sound and the spiritual dimension of sexuality.
They 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. In 2019, they won the Kleinwort Hambros Emerging Artists Prize and in 2017 the Arts Foundation award for Live Art sponsored by Yoma Sasberg Estate. They have presented exhibitions and performances across Europe and Internationally including: Liverpool Biennial (2021); Gus Fischer New Zealand (2020); De Appel Netherlands (2019); Gasworks London (2018) Contemporary Arts Centre New Orleans as part of Prospect 4 (2017); Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town (2016); Studio Voltaire London (2015) and Castlefield Gallery Manchester (2014). Their work is held in a number of public collections, including Arts Council England and Walker Art Gallery Liverpool.
Dance, Image & Sound in the iconic Manhattan
with De Hoorn
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