BRAID ANOTHER DAY SALON 0031202240707
AYO’s Braid Another Day Salon poster provides a window to an audible anthology exploring African diasporic traditions of gathering through the microcosmic craft and trading held within domestic makeshift hair salons. These charcoal drawings also pay an homage to vintage DIY salon posters made in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin and other West and East African countries. The audible work consists of three anecdotal chapters: Don’tTouch [My Hair], The Curious Case of CindyStephanieJessica, and Chants 4 Braiding.**1 Each of these is interlaced and punctuated by experimental sounds pushing the experience of hearing. In addition, it has the listener witness the unlikely aspects of togetherness, kinship and embodied craft.
*part of Print&Play Exhibition: On Display curated by Thieu Custers & Marieke van den Belt
**Chants for Braiding sound was composed by YANIK SOLAND
VENETIAN RED [A PERFORMANCE]
‘Venetian red [a performance]’ was inspired by ‘Venetiaans Rood’ — a mural painting of Johan Van Oord. The mural evokes artistic mechanisms that resonate with Ayo’s most recent research into notating cultural performances in ways that function as archives and invitation for liveness. According to the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum collection archive, Van Oord approached this painting like a dance composition with its own rhythm— in which he took the position as a choreographer, working with a restricted distance of 11 cm between each form that mathematically flow and connect into each other. It’s from this position of choreography that Ayo created a performance from the visual rhythms emanating from ‘Venetian Red’.
This performance was created in collaboration with Silvia Arenas for Print and Play X Boijmans Hillevliet Exhibition.
MODERN DAY GRIOTS AND TAPPED TRAIN CONVERSATIONS
For the sixth edition of Expoplu Experiment, Ayo and Konarovská’s shared fondness for collecting stories, both autobiographical and adapted was the starting point for the artists to create new work within the walls of Expoplu.
Curated by Fenne Saedt.