Yewande YoYo Odunubi is a neurodivergent artist and creative practitioner working in the spaces between producing/curation, dance/performance, and research.
Centring her practice around the mantra 'Iím not here for a version of me, Iím here for every part of meĒ, Yewande is interested with authentic presentations, intersectional frameworks and interventions that seek to rupture dominant narratives in the arts. Powered by a black expansive imagination Yewande is invested in nurturing environments and collaborations across mediums that give time and space to meaningful and imaginative exchange.
Recent work and points of interest have considered how the body can be a dynamic communicator and mirror for thinking about process, ideas, and histories. Through a reflexive approach, Yewande explores her interest in the body as a medium to examine embodied practices in producing and developing live and visual artwork. She is particularly interested in the connected spaces between Black performance and the Black producer/curator's role as part of the performance.
Yewandeís ongoing experiments, currently dubbed the Self-Permission series, grapples with the choreography between body and voice. Experimenting through performing to camera and text-video work, she seeks to play and perform between the lines of what is and isnít visible, said and understood.
Iíve always been drawn to the spaces between different ideas, processes and forms, fascinated by their relations, distinctions and crossovers. To work through these connections, Iím particularly interested in using my body as site of enquiry to explore spaces between different movement, performance and care practices, that allow me to experiment with ideas around embodied practice.
Yewande is one half of the wayward, motile collaborative duo i.as.in.we with artist, curator and friend Rohan Ayinde. As a Cultural Producer she frequently collaborates with London based art and music curators BBZ and Touching Bass, and has worked with a range of cultural organisations, including the 198 Contemporary, A New Direction, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Now Gallery, Southbank Centre, Tate, Wellcome Collection and V&A.