A SCORE, A GROOVE, A PHANTOM, A CONGREGATION reconfigures recent bodies of work by artist Evan Ifekoya, among them Ritual Without Belief (2018), an immersive sound installation recently commissioned by Gasworks London, and the project A Score, A Groove, A Phantom (2016 – ongoing). Each investigates topics of polyvocality, subjectivity, authorship, and collaboration. A Score, A Groove, A Phantom explores archives of blackness, sociality, and inheritance as they diffract through queer nightlife and trauma in the present moment. Ritual Without Belief introduces “an algorithm across generations, locations and political affiliations,” with vocal samples that draw from literature and theory, music, conversations with friends, and more intimate thoughts and reflections. These sound works are brought together at De Appel along with drawing, collage, and other physical elements and remnants of the artist’s body of work.
About Evan Ifekoya
Evan Ifekoya’s current work investigates the possibility of an erotic and poetic occupation using film, performative writing and sound, focused on co- authored, intimate forms of knowledge production and the radical potential of spectacle. Ifekoya’s recent work has been presented at: Gasworks London (2018) 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; (2017); Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town (2016). Recent performances have taken place at Brunel Museum as part of Block Universe in collaboration with Victoria Sin, Camden Arts Centre (2018), ICA London and KW institute, Berlin (2017) and Jerwood Space, London and Whitstable Biennial (2016). Ifekoya was an Art Foundation Fellow in Live Art, 2017. Forthcoming includes a moving image commission with Tyneside Cinema to launch early 2019.
This exhibition is part of de Appel’s Autumn 2018 programme, 3 MOVEMENTS, a sequence of exhibitions and events that focuses on music as a discipline and considers the element of sound across a range of artistic practices. 3 Movements consists of two consecutive exhibitions, featuring artists Ben Russell and Evan Ifekoya, a performance/lecture by Terre Thaemlitz alias DJ Sprinkles, and other related programmes, and is curated by Rachael Rakes and Niels Van Tomme.