Yewande YoYo Odunubi – Gestures In Black and Blue (2021) video still. Courtesy the artist. 

Yewande YoYo Odunubi – Calling the Body to attention


Calling the Body to attention
, Yewande YoYo Odunubi’s first solo exhibition is a gesture towards (re)centring and (re)claiming the body as an embodied site of archive, communication and imaginings. Sitting on a moment of pause, it reflects on what might constitute a poetics of the body, and the role movement performs as a process and language for enlivening threads of inquiry.

Featuring moving image, sound and performance, and collaboration with music and sound artist Auclair and interdisciplinary poet Rohan Ayinde, the exhibition forms part of Yewande’s year-long Diasporic Curatorial Animateur Fellowship with ICF, during which she has been conducting research into our archive and exploring a series of questions that resonate with her practice. During this process, she has been concerned with what dreamings, imaginings, potentials and possibilities are opened up and actioned when the body – particularly the b/Black diasporic body – is understood beyond dualism, monolithic stereotypes, and a fixed idea of identity.

Starting from a place of attunement, Calling the Body to attention is an invitation to reflect on what it could mean for us to connect to an awareness of a full-bodied, expansive, and imaginative self that, in each moment, is weaving new ideas into space.

Exhibition Details:
8 — 11 December
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 12 – 5pm
Sunday 12 – 4pm
No booking necessary

ICF @ Block 336
336 Brixton Road
London
SW9 7AA

Exhibition opening and performance by Yewande YoYo Odunubi and Auclair
Wednesday 7 December, 6 -9pm
Doors open: 6pm, Performance: 7:30pm
This performance, by Yewande YoYo Odunubi and Auclair, brings life to the ideas expressed in one of the exhibit’s installations entitled, What I hide by my language, my body utters. Rooted in the language of music and dance movement, their improvisations harmonise with the syncopated rhythms of the installation. Their acts of translation transcend the boundaries of the exhibition space to complicate linear rhythms and find unique moments.

Score(s): III – Performance by Yewande YoYo Odunubi and Rohan Ayinde
Saturday 10 December, 6 -7:30pm
Doors open: 6pm, Performance: 6:30pm

What is located between the everyday experience of b/Black aliveness(1) and the desire to create structural change and imagine new worlds?

Weaving together a growing body of “texts”, this live performance is an embodied translation of Yewande YoYo Odunubi and Rohan Ayinde’s collaborative studying practice. In iteration III of The Score(s) they animate the quiet magnitude of 5 photos from Carrie Mae Weems’ ‘Kitchen Table Series’ with movement, sound and dialogue. This piece responds to and draws on a Black Radical Tradition(2) that spans a multiplicity of b/Black geographies and spacetimes.Dive into the “texts” explored in The Score(s): III on here.

Citations:
(1) Kevin Quashie, ‘Black Aliveness, or A Poetics of Being.’
(2) Cedric Robinson, ‘Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition.’

The exhibition forms part of ICF @ Block 336, a residency that ICF is undertaking at Block 336 in Brixton.

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Artist Biographies

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.

Auclair is a British-Rwandan music and sound artist. Her work explores rhythm, voice and electronica – treating everyday life like new mythologies and taking an embodied approach to exploring ideas with sound. Alongside a series of releases, her versatility has lead to a wide range of projects and collaborations. Recent commissions are Munganyinka is a Transformer for the Riot Ensemble and RUZUNGUZUNGU for ISSUE Project Room NYC’s ‘With Womens Work’ series, across these works she plays with ideas around non-linear time, memory, ritual, grief, language/cadence, architecture and Rwandan folklore. Her latest EP Giramata is out now on Amorphous Sounds.

Rohan Ayinde is an interdisciplinary artist based between London and Chicago. His work is centred around creating “otherwise” potentials (Ashon Crawley), and in so doing breaking down and simultaneously reconfiguring the ideological architectures that shape our daily and generational lives. Most recently, his work is shaped by a consideration for translation and the ways one might translate radical ideas into structures/forms/worlds that we can engage with and inhabit materially. Most of his work stems from a dance with the possibility opened up by the logics of black holes, specifically when read in conversation with the historical and material conditions of blackness.

Ayinde is one half of the wayward/motile collaborative duo i.as.in.we, with friend/producer/dancer Yewande YoYo Odunubi. He received his MA in Visual and Critical Studies from SAIC (2019). In 2021 he was awarded the fifth Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency. He is the gallery manager for Blanc (Chicago), is a curatorial fellow with ACRE, and has curated shows at Blanc, ACRE Projects, and NOW Gallery.