Calling the Body to attention, is former Guest Projects Digital Resident Yewande YoYo Odunubi’s first solo exhibition. It 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.
Location: 336 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AA
Opening Times: 8th - 10th December 12pm - 5pm | 11th December 12pm - 4pm
Opening event and performance in collaboration with Auclair: 7th December 6pm - 9pm | Performance at 7:30pm
Performance in collaboration with Rohan Ayinde: 10th December 6pm - 7:30pm | Performance at 6:30pm
Image credit: Yewande YoYo Odunubi, Gestures in Black and Blue (2021).