IJEOMA UZOUKWU

artist & dj (sasoraye) 

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Ijeoma Uzoukwu is a non-binary, London-based Nigerian artist, making space for collective introspection through performance, moving image, and sound. Their multifaceted practice channels personal and speculative contributions to esoteric ontologies, and to the ancestral database of their Igbo/Ọdịnanị heritage. 

 

Holding an interest in the astrological and the metaphysical, their ritualistic work creates portals for social and political self-actualisation. 

 

As a DJ, she goes by the name "Sasoraye" - Enjoying the cross-pollination of culture through sound whilst questioning - how are sounds we don't instinctively place together, more connected at their roots than we think? She plays a range of genres which includes Jersey Club, Footwork, Electronic, Amapiano, Spiritual Jazz, Garage + More.

Education

Higher National Diploma - Graphic Design
Barking College

Bachelor of Arts with Honours – Graphic Design for Advertising
University Of Arts London, London College of Communication

Exhibitions

Meet The Artist - Black and White Gallery, April 2017 

This is the End - Candid arts Trust, 2019

Diasporas Now www.diasporasnow.com  July2021

Features & Articles 

Clash - Featured speaker in the BFI commissioned film by Amrou Kadhi, 2017

The Independent - Victoria and Abdul is another dangerous example of British filmmakers whitewashing colonialism

The Welcome Collective - Another Way To Listen  

CONTRA

"An invented language, an invitation. A drawing of connections through symbolic movement.

 

A path is carved and consecrated. Starting close, zooming out, viewed from different perspectives. Intuitive and layered - sometimes reactionary, sometimes expressive. 

 

This piece is formed through the ______ between the two artists. For Ijeoma sharing adopted practices from the last 2 years; for Josh engaging in yet undefined practices. Both coming from different ends and meeting in the middle, whilst establishing boundaries within oneself.

 

Tap tap tapping into

Tap tap

Ap ap ap

T-T-T-T-T

tatatatatata

 

With Contra the audience fills in the _____."

Commissioned by Diaspora Now, CONTRA is devised and performed by Josh Woolford and Ijeoma Uzoukwu.

Live steam performance - 01/07/2021 - 16:00 GMT

Watch here

re-generation

"This project looks at my Covid-19 experience from a sonic perspective. The soundscape is a journey through varying thoughts, emotions and mental downloads observed during isolation. Here I consider influences such as media, planetary placements and music, relating them to what we are currently experiencing under the thumb of Covid-19.

       This experience comes with a question of what it is to be a Black Queer Woman during this pandemic, then in turn, what the future could look like for those who share my identity.
 

This soundscape/meditation aims to usher in understanding of our times and a balance through introspection. I also wrote a poem that features in the sound space. 

Listen to soundscape

Links for further listening

April 2020

Cobalt cusp

Cobalt cusp is an idea inspired by the Piscean/Aquarian cusp of the zodiac. My interest in astrology leads me to believe that this is the cusp of divine femininity. Water being the conduite of spirt and the most feminine of the elements, it exists here in both Pisces and Aquarius.

 

          Aquarius is an air sign but the name suggests other wise - "Aqua" speaking to the watery nature which lives in this sign. I was born on this cusp and so feel a connection to the energy it emits. Many great calendars, e.g. The Mayan calendar claim we are currently living through this cusp - 'The dawning of the age of Aquarius'. 

          As a black woman I feel a deep connection to this. Blackness has always felt divinely feminine to me and the truth of this sits in the magnetic nature of black people, whilst referring to Africa as "the mother land" . The symbol of Aquarius is a man pouring water out of a pitcher, I would argue it is more fitting to imagine Yemaya rising from the ocean, cleansing the world only to revealing a new one.

Pieces include a poem, a video projection and two paintings.

April 2019

SOUND/DJ SETS

UK QTIPOC EMERGENCY RELIEF

 

Virtual rave & fundraiser for UK QTIBIPOC Emergency Relief & Hardship Fund

May 2020

 SISTAH SPACE

 

A livestream fundraising event in aid of Sistah Space

"Sistah Space is a London-based charity dedicated to supporting African & Caribbean heritage women and girls affected by domestic and sexual abuse. Now under imminent threat of eviction, Sistah Space is being forced to suspend their essential and life-saving services, or return to unsuitable and unsafe premises by August 31st"

Recorded Live Performances

More about Sistah Space

August 2020

DIASPORAS NOW

 

“All the Guilty Things” explores the meltdown of sovereignty, the power of empathy and the crisis of imagination in domestic space. By creating a raunchy, chaotic, and shameful private sphere, the exhibition playfully revolts against the current disciplinary society, where individuals are constantly self-enslaved to comply with social expectations. 

Location is a secret and wholesome place in Central London, address released upon successful booking - email for details.

DJ Set

 

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