Olalekan Jeyifous: Co/Atemporal Fictions
A lecture by artist Olalekan Jeyifous. Professor Mario Gooden, Interim Director of the MArch Program at Columbia GSAPP, will provide the response.
This lecture will be presented virtually, please register in advance for the Zoom webinar link.
Olalekan Jeyifous discusses his practice and process of examining both historical and contemporary socio-political, cultural, and environmental realities through the tradition of speculative architectural utopianism, from a sci-fi inspired and Afro-surrealist lens.
Jeyifous received a BArch from Cornell University and is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work re-imagines social spaces that examine the relationships between architecture, community, and the environment. Jeyifous is currently a Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. He has exhibited at venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, the MoMA, the Vitra Design Museum and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain. In addition to an extensive exhibition history; he has spent over a decade creating large-scale installations for a variety of public spaces and was recently co-commissioned to create a monument dedicated to congresswoman Shirley Chisholm as part of the City of New York’s “She Built NYC” initiative.
Olalekan has been a Wilder Green Fellow at the MacDowell Colony and has completed artist residencies with the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions program and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. He has won numerous awards for his artistic practice and is the recipient of a 2021 Fellowship by the United States Artists.
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