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Ayọ̀ Akínwándé

Ayọ̀ Akínwándé is an artist, curator, and writer from Lagos, Nigeria. With an academic background in Architecture, his practice is multi-disciplinary, working across lens-based media, sculpture, installation, sound, and performance.

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Akínwándé’s oeuvre is engineered towards a social critique of the built environment. He explores power dynamics, the relationship between the “powerful” and the “powerless,” as they manifest themselves in the multi-faceted layers of human reality.
He is interested in the flow of information in global democratic discourses, and how it reflects existing power structures. His ongoing project “Archiving the Future,” a long-term research work involves collecting/archiving social media screenshots, and sound recordings of conversations at bus stops in the city of Lagos. His long-term exhibition series “Power Show,” creates visual monologues and dialogues on socio-political realities in his society as he incorporates architectural processes in a spatial detailing and sectioning of his ideas and thoughts, to evoke both intimacy, and monumentality.

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