Ima-Abasi Okon

Chisenhale Gallery, London, United Kingdom
28 Jun 2019 - 01 Sep 2019

Commissioned and produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London. Image courtesy of Odudu Okon.

Commissioned and produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London. Image courtesy of Odudu Okon.

A new commission and first solo exhibition in an institution by artist Ima-Abasi Okon. Okon works with sculpture, sound and video to produce installations that explore the historical and political charge of materials. Previous works have included the artist’s own jewellery, used as a filter between spaces, or contained within medical liquids. For her exhibition Infinite Slippage: nonRepugnant Insolvencies T!-a!-r!-r!-y!-i!-n!-g! as Hand Claps of M’s Hard’Loved’Flesh [I’M irreducibly-undone because] —Quantum Leanage-Complex-Dub at Chisenhale Gallery, Okon repurposes industrial and handmade objects, removing their use-value or function, in order to explore the formation of subjectivity, productivity and excess.

Okon’s exhibition is commissioned and produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London and will tour to Void, Derry~Londonderry in 2020.

Ima-Abasi Okon lives and works between London and Amsterdam. Selected exhibitions include: The Weather Garden: Anne Hardy curates the Arts Council Collection, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; Sur— [MIX-USE COMMODITY] —plus, Kingsgate Project Space, London; Parables for the BLAZER: Mahalia’s EXCISTENCEandEXISTENTS-HyPE fragrant stacking balm (306.HAL), Plaza Plaza, London; 13th Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal; There’s something in the conversation that is more interesting than the finality of (a title), The Showroom, London (all 2018); UNTITLED: Art on the Conditions of Our Time, New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2017); and OUTPOST Members’ Show 2016, Norwich (2016). In 2018, she was awarded both the Nigel Greenwood Research Prize and the Summer Residency at Hospitalfield, Scotland. She is currently participating in the residency programme at Rijksakademie voor beeldende kunsten (Academy for fine arts), Amsterdam.



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