Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory




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.

Duration 11 August 2020 - 24 January 2021
Times Mon-Fri 12-7pm Sat-Sun 11am-7pm Bank Holidays 12-7pm
Cost Free - tickets need to be booked in advance
Venue Curve Gallery at Barbican Centre
Address Barbican Centre Silk Street , London, EC2Y 8DS
Contact 2076388891 / art@barbican.org.uk / http://www.barbican.org.uk/

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