Jeyifous, Olalekan
Born in 1977 in Ibadan, Nigeria. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
Holding an architecture degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Olalekan Jeyifous uses his training as formal tropes to investigate the past, present, and future of an ‘Urban Africa’. Throughout his drawings, collages, models, and sculptures, he explores a ‘No longer and Not Yet’ timeline which is nourished by architectural theory, futurology, geopolitics, and family archives. Jeyifous’ work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), (2014) and Studio Museum in Harlem (2008), both New York, and selected for the touring exhibition, Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design (2015–19: Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; CCCB Barcelona; Kunsthal Rotterdam; and Blanton Museum of Art, Austin). In 2016 he was an Emerging Artist Fellow at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, New York and Artist-in-Residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha. Olelekan recently gave a TED Talk where he spoke about his practice in relation to dystopian design.
Olalekan Jeyifous, Nothing Without Water, 2016, Black cardstock on watercolour paper, 56 x 76 cm / 22 x 30 in, Courtesy 50 Golborne