30/11/2022 - 12/02/2023
Contemporary - Sculpture & Collage
Ebun Sodipo - I Found Venus and She Was Transsexual
For her first institutional solo exhibition, Ebun Sodipo presents a new body of sculptures and collages that explore and reinterpret Black trans historical presence.
Following writer and theorist Saidiya Hartman’s methodology of critical fabulation, Sodipo summons historical figures who subvert notions of race and gender. The stories of Mary Jones and Ellen Craft, for instance, are recuperated, through objects and image, for their potential to root contemporary Black trans existence.
In her practice, Sodipo questions where the record of black trans feminine experience exists within the archive of Black experience, and thus what trajectory is plotted for the contemporary and future moment. The title of the exhibition refers to Saidiya Hartman’s essay, Venus in Two Acts, which outlines her method of critical fabulation as a tool to counter the gaps and silences in archival records pertaining to Black life, which violently encode racialised power relations.
New Cross St James’, New Cross, London, SE14 6AD