This salon invites three queer Black artists from different generations to engage in a conversation about their relative practices, experiences and thoughts about queer Black art in the UK. Evan Ifekoya, Ajamu and Rene Matić will consider ways to work together, and to be together, across perceived generational lines. The concept for this conversation stems from Ifekoya’s thinking around abundance; that queer Black artists have all they need in terms of an abundant artistic archive and creative legacy to draw from, and should work from this place as opposed to from a place of scarcity or lack.
This event accompanies Evan Ifekoya's first solo exhibition in London, Ritual
Without Belief. It is part of the public programme produced by Rabz Lansiquot.
The exhibition continues until 2 September 2018.
Ajamu is a London based fine art photographer, archive curator and radical sex activist whose work has been shown in galleries, museums and alternative spaces nationally and internationally. His political-ethical-aesthetic concerns rethink understandings of sexualities, desire, pleasure and cultural production within contemporary Britain. He studied at the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, The Netherlands, and is currently a PhD researcher at Royal College of Art, London.
Evan Ifekoya is an artist based in London. Recent exhibitions include: Contemporary Arts Centre New Orleans as part of Prospect 4; Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh; New Art Exchange, Nottingham; Plymouth Arts Centre; Serpentine Galleries, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire (all 2017); Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town (all 2016). Recent performances include: Block Universe (in collaboration with Victoria Sin) and Camden Arts Centre, London (both 2018); ICA, London and KW Institute, Berlin (both 2017); Jerwood Space, London and Whitstable Biennial (both 2016). Ifekoya was an Art Foundation Fellow in Live Art, 2017. Upcoming projects include a public art commission with Studio Voltaire and Lambeth Council, as part of the Clapham Public Realm Programme launching in autumn 2018.
Rene Matić is a conceptual artist currently studying Fine Art at Central St Martins. Her work explores the intersections of her own identity as a queer, mixed race, woman of colour, aiming to expose, combat and question power relations and structures within the art world and society more widely
Image: Bodybuilder With Bra, 1990 by Ajamu X.