ICF @ BLOCK 336

Following the success of ICF’s DIASPORA PAVILION 2: LONDON presented in partnership with Block 336, we are delighted to announce that ICF and Block 336 are extending their collaboration. We have invited ICF to participate in a year-long curatorial residency at the gallery that will take place from December 2022 – 2023.

Calling the Body to attention
Yewande YoYo Odunubi

OPENING EVENT: performance by Yewande YoYo Odunubi and
Auclair | Wednesday 7th December, 6 – 9pm
Doors open: 6pm, performance begins: 7:30pm

The Score(s) III – performance by Yewande YoYo Odunubi and Rohan Ayinde
Saturday 10th December, 6 – 7:30pm
Doors open: 6pm, performance begins: 6:30pm

The first event ICF will present as part of their residency at Block 336 will be a presentation of work by Yewande Yo Yo Odunubi. Calling the Body to attention, Yewande YoYo Odunubi’s first solo exhibition is a gesture towards (re)centring and (re)claiming the body as an embodied site of archive, communication and imaginings. Sitting on a moment of pause, it reflects on what might constitute a poetics of the body, and the role movement performs as a process and language for enlivening threads of inquiry. Featuring moving image, sound and performance, and collaboration with music and sound artist Auclair and interdisciplinary poet Rohan Ayinde, the exhibition forms part of Yewande’s year-long Diasporic Curatorial Animateur Fellowship with ICF, during which she has been conducting research into our archive and exploring a series of questions that resonate with her practice.

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Image: Yewande YoYo Odunubi – Gestures In Black and Blue (2021) video still. Courtesy the artist

ICF @ BLOCK 336

Whilst in residence at Block 336, ICF will present a programme of exhibitions, workshops and events that dialogue with their wider programme and ongoing exploration of diaspora as a critical framework through which they address and complicate public discourse and critical issues. ICF will use this time to nurture meaningful engagements with Brixton communities and local partners over a sustained time, as well as create more opportunities for artists and curators to gather, experiment and share work.

Image: genre pain -ting ; An Ode to Brixton by Andrew Pierre Hart, 2022. Part of: ICF’s DIASPORA PAVILION 2: LONDON presented in partnership with BLOCK 336

Previous exhibition

Spekyng Rybawdy | Melanie Jackson

In May 2022, Block preseneted, Spekyng Rybawdy, the most ambitious incarnation of Melanie Jackson’s ongoing project of the same name that explores the transgressive narratives and explicit symbolism of Medieval pilgrim bawdy badges. Through a carnival of colourful, erotically charged characters, Spekyng Rybawdy encouraged a re-examination of our ideas about who took part in the production and circulation of imagery in the medieval period – but also how this might enable us to reconsider the origins of dissenting representations, sexual politics and our attitudes and behaviours today.

Previous exhibition

Hieroglyphics of the Face | Clifton Wright

In May 2022, Block 336 presented the first major solo exhibition of drawings by Clifton Wright. Working prolifically for over 15 years, Hieroglyphics of the Face included a selection of works made from 2017 to 2020. Clifton Wright works from life and draws the people around him. Whilst his models may be close friends that he has known for many years, he does not make traditional portraits. Wright instead uses the face as a starting point – a framework to be considered, abstracted and reorganised, with features becoming symbols that hang together in new formal arrangements.