This month we focus on Evan Ifekoya, whose work The Gender Song is featured in the National Partners Programme exhibition Paint the Town in Sound at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.
Paint the Town in Sound explores the direct links forged between musicians and artists taking Sunderland based band Field Music’s own collaborations as a starting point to explore wider trends. The exhibition questions how we engage in acts of self-portraiture through music, be this through songwriting, use of visual art or associations to music subcultures, and how the musical heritage of the region provides a route to examine our own cultural identity and its relationship to class, politics and place.
In our latest educational film, Evan Ifekoya invited the Arts Council Collection into their studio at Gasworks in South London to discuss their works in the collection, how they are collecting their own archive, and their wider practice.
Evan Ifekoya is a London-based artist who through sound, text, moving image and performance places demands on existing systems and institutions of power, to recentre and prioritise the experience and voice of those previously marginalised. Sound plays a fundamental role in their work.
Their practice considers art as a site where resources can be both redistributed and renegotiated, while challenging the implicit rules and hierarchies of public and social space. Through archival and sonic investigations, they speculate on blackness in abundance.
Ikefoya explains “I spend a lot of time looking into the archives of artists I really admire, but also archives of the experience of black queer folk. I’m kind of interested in the resonances, the connections and the distinctions between how we have lived and how we continue.”