Precious Okoyomon: A Series of Invocations Because Nothing Else Works
Institute of Contemporary Arts

Courtesy Precious Okoyomon and Lu Yim

Oh angel
Of this twisted earths transparency
La de dede dee la dee dee dum

  Into the forest

  The sky is flickering
  passion joy madness

Passion is the breaking up of rationality
My passion lies in such things as sex, more and more sex: the force power.
I can perceive rises up outside me.

Lie down

  Come here

I am asking you, hoping you can hear beyond my unfamiliar form
A chant
  A potent sound with no semantic value

I break myself against it. I am religious.

On the occasion of I, I, I, I, I, I, I, Kathy Acker, the ICA presents a new long-form poem by Brooklyn-based poet and artist Precious Okoyomon, performed by Okoyomon in collaboration with performance maker Lu Yim and artist and musician Yves B. Golden.
Precious Okoyomon is an artist and writer living and working in New York. Her work examines a history of the criminalisation and racialisation of light, darkness, and the sun (which she believes to be indisputably Black). Okoyomon has exhibited at the LUMA Westbau, Zurich; Real Fine Arts, New York (with Hannah Black); and Quinn Harrelson / Current Projects, Miami (with Puppies Puppies). Her work was included in the 13th Baltic Triennial, and she has read and performed at The Kitchen and Artists Space in New York, and Serpentine Galleries in London. Her first book Ajebota (2016) was published by Bottlecap Press, and her second book But Did U Die? is forthcoming from Wonder this autumn.
 
08:00 pm
Tue, 09 Jul 2019
Theatre

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