Arts & Culture
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
- 9:00 pm
26 March 2020
Barbican Theatre | FREE
London EC2Y 8DS
The first-ever UK exhibition by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola, this epic cycle of new work will explore an imagined ancient myth, with an immersive soundscape by artist Peter Adjaye.
Toyin Ojih Odutola, recognising the pen as a ‘writing tool first’, plays with the idea that drawing can be a form of storytelling. Working exclusively with drawing materials including pastel and charcoal, she approaches her process of drawing as an investigative practice.
Ojih Odutola proposes speculative fictions, inviting the viewer to enter her vision of an uncannily familiar yet fantastical world. Working like an author or poet, she often spends months creating extensive imaginary narratives, which play out through a series of works to suggest a structure of episodes or chapters. Drawing on an eclectic range of references, from ancient history to popular culture to contemporary politics, Ojih Odutola encourages the viewer to piece together the fragments of the stories that she presents.
The exhibition runs from Thursday 26th March to Sunday 26th July 2020.
- Saturday – Wednesday 11 AM-8 PM
- Thursday – Friday 11 AM -9 PM
- Good Friday 12 PM – 9 PM
- Easter Monday 12 PM – 8 PM
Image Credit (c) Toyin Ojih Odutola