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Evan Ifekoya

Evan Ifekoya

Evan Ifekoya holds a BA Hons in New Media from Winchester School of Art and an MA in Contemporary Art Practice from the Royal College of Art, London. Their work is influenced by music, notably by music videos and the nightclub scene. Through performance, installation, video and sound, Ifekoya explores notions of gender, queer, eroticism and identity. The spoken word is also a fundamental element in their work. They refer to a rich and diverse archive of literary experience, often blurring lines between the past and future, by weaving in futuristic narrative through science fiction.

Ifekoya presents a complex plural artistic identity, using polyvocality in audio narratives, collaborative production and multi-person performance pieces. Indeed the artist refers to themselves with a gender non specific plural pronoun, creating a collective personal identity and questioning subjectivity.

In ‘The Gender Song’, Ifekoya weaves a multitude of influences including the aesthetics of dance and hip-hop videos from the late 1980s, homemade beats and a nursery rhyme style verbal treatise to confidently unpack the myths of gendered expectations. The artist portrays themselves dancing in both male and female conventions, while the chorus repeats "Female, He-male, She-male don’t matter". While ‘Ritual Without Belief’ is a large scale installation and sound work extending over 6 hours. The dark blue ocean and helium balloons represent the ever changing and cyclical nature of our subjective experience.