ICF is thrilled to announce the selection of our first in-house curatorial fellow, Yewande YoYo Odunubi. We have titled this role Diasporic Animateur Curator because over the next year Yewande will be conducting research into ICF’s archive and developing a new project in response to her findings.
Yewande YoYo Odunubi is an artist, researcher and cultural producer working in the spaces between movement, research and facilitation.
Centring her practice around the core inquiry: “what does the body need to dream?” she is concerned with what is enacted into space through connecting to one’s intuitive experiences and bodily rhythms. Viewing the body beyond the common representations of a singular, fixed form, identity or function, Yewande is interested in the role movement, dance and rhythm(s) perform as languages and processes of knowledge production and world-building. Using a reflexive approach Yewande places her body/self at the centre of her practice, playing and experimenting with different mediums, contexts and stagings to weave these imaginings into space.
Yewande is a member of Black Curators Collective, and alongside poet, curator and friend Rohan Ayinde, she is one half of the wayward/motile collaborative duo i.as.in.we. She has produced and curated public programmes in art spaces and cultural institutions including; 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, BLANK100, CCA Glasgow, Free Word, Now Gallery, Southbank Centre, Tate, V&A and Wellcome Collection. She has also been a frequent creative collaborator of art and music curators BBZ and Touching Bass. Yewande has completed residencies with g39 and Yinka Shonibare Foundation/Guest Projects Digital and is a recipient of the Jerwood Live Work Fund 2021. Yewande’s Diasporic Curatorial Animateur Fellowship with ICF is supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.