Evan Ifekoya’s work seeks to start from a place of abundance rather than scarcity, plural over singular. Their moving image, sound and performance practices speak to, and with, the many intersecting forces that constitute their works. Using tools such as speculative fiction, polyvocality, co-operative making and personal ritual, Ifekoya questions and reconstitutes black queer knowledge production.
Ritual Without Belief, 2018 is a six-hour sound piece made by Ifekoya, in collaboration with friends and family. The enveloping, immersive sounds contain breathing meditations, recitations of Claudia Rankine’s writings, intimate conversations, music by Sade and more. Ifekoya describes the sound work as a “black queer algorithm”, a repeating and responsive code. It is a system through which the artist processes information from different times and places, gathered over several years. Their digital photo series recentres the body and its spiritual-material relationship to the natural world. The small and everyday exist in conjunction with the expansiveness of oceans and time to reiterate flux and fluidity. Ifekoya draws from community, intimacy and the rhythms of daily practice. Each work, layered and contingent, echoes a central theme: that there is no ritual without belief.
- Artwork Details: running time: 6 hr
- Material description: Audio
- Credit line: © the artist
- Medium: Film and Audio Visual
- Accession number: ACC49/2018