Olalekan Jeyifous uses his formal training in architecture to explore borrowed and speculative narratives of an ‘Urban Africa’ in a multi-form environment. Taking root from architectural theory, futurology and geopolitics, as well as family photographs and memory of place, his hand-drawn and digital sketches, collages and mobile constructs respond to the psychic and physical impact of space, and to how these experiences are navigated and mapped.
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, Omaha. Most recently he was a resident at The Drawing Center, New York.