Cinenova | Now Showing: Evan Ifekoya

The Showroom, London

Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 at 7:00pm - Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 at 8:30pm

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For the September Now Showing Cinenova have invited London based artist Evan Ifekoya, who will be showing a preview of work in progress She was a full body speaker.*

This new work draws on the artist's personal archive as well as that of artist filmmaker Sandi Hughes. The work addresses blackness, sociality and inheritance diffracted through queer nightlife and trauma as an endless repetition.

Evan Ifekoya's Cinenova film selections are:

Ayoka Chenzira. USA 1982 10mins
Hairpiece is an animated satire on Black consciousness from the standpoint of various haircare devices. The film uses photographs, drawings and collage to illustrate the social significance of different hair styles (such as the rebellious Afro of the 60s) and to trace the methods used by Black people to get woolly-type hair to 'go straight'. The search for the magic potion or hair gel that will stop the hair from 'turning back' is conveyed through a humorous mix of text and soul music, giving a context to the question of self-image for Black women living in a society where beautiful hair is supposedly hair that blows freely in the wind...

Catherine Saalfield, Julie Tolentino, USA 1994 11mins
A humorous fast-paced parody of women dancing, cruising and picking up women at New York City's legendary Clit Club.

Evan Ifekoya is an interdisciplinary Artist, exploring the politicisation of culture, society and aesthetics. Appropriated material from historical archives and contemporary society make up the work. By ‘queerying' popular imagery and utilising the props of everyday life, the aim is to destroy the aura of preciousness surrounding art. Central to this practice is an exploration into the ways that collaboration might take place. With a critical approach to technology, aspects of how it mediates our lives permeate throughout the work. Performance is approached with the same sensibility by including elements of how we express ourselves digitally today. Social media and mobile technology act as co- performers in the live event.

*This film has been made with a package of support from BFI, and Wellcome Trust as part of the 'Queering love, Queering hormones' project and a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Rewind/Fast Forward project.

Cinenova: Now Showing began in March 2015 and runs monthly. The series intends to materialise relationships between contemporary artist moving image practice and the feminist and organising legacies present in the Cinenova collection.

A digital archive of selected works from Cinenova distribution is available for viewing at The Showroom. For details on how to view the digital archive follow this link:


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