'Okun Song' video (still) by Evan Ifekoya 2016
Former Somerset House Studios resident

Evan Ifekoya

Associate artist

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Interdisciplinary artist working with text, sound and video.

Evan’s current work investigates the possibility of an erotic and poetic occupation using film, performative writing and sound, focused on co-authored, intimate forms of knowledge production and the radical potential of spectacle. Their ongoing project 'A Score, A Groove, A Phantom' explores archives of blackness, sociality and inheritance as they diffract through queer nightlife and trauma in the present moment. Recent work has been presented at: Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire; New Art Exchange, Nottingham and Spike Island, Bristol (2017); Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; London; and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town (2016). Recent performances have taken place at Serpentine Galleries, London and Whitstable Biennial 2016. They are an Art Foundation Fellow in Live Art for 2017. Collaborative projects include Collective Creativity: Critical reflections into QTIPOC creative practice and Network11.

Evan Ifekoya - Genuine. Original. Authentic.

Evan is currently researching archives of blackness related to sound, politics and social life. During the residency period they will focus on the politics of black sound and space through a series of public events, considering the itinerant sound system as valuable community resource.

Evan Ifekoya, credit BGM
Evan Ifekoya, credit BGM

Don’t expect cleanliness or sterility - Ifekoya likes to take a hands-on approach.