Olalekan Jeyifous, 'Fear God', 2016, Black cardstock on watercolour Paper, 55.8 x 76.2 cm, Courtesy of 50 Golborne Gallery
Olalekan Jeyifous, 'Fear God', 2016, Black cardstock on watercolour Paper, 55.8 x 76.2 cm, Courtesy of 50 Golborne Gallery  

Trained in Architecture at Cornell University, USA, Olalekan Jeyifous uses Architecture and Design as tropes to investigate the past, present and future of an ‘Urban Africa’ seen from the point of view of its diaspora. In his drawings, collages, models and sculptures, he explores a ‘No longer and Not Yet’ timeline which is nourished by architectural theory, futurology, news, old family photos and memory.

Jeyifous’ work has been exhibited at MoMA, the Soap Factory, The Studio Museum in Harlem, all in USA; the Vitra Design Museum, Germany; the Guggenheim Museum, Spain; and CCCB, Spain, where he was a participant in the Making Africa exhibit. Olalekan is also an Emerging Artist Fellow at the Socrates Sculpture Park in New York, USA, for which he will be installing a site-specific sculpture in September 2016.