ARTIST & DJ
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 Ọdịnanị database of their Igbo heritage.
Holding an interest in the astrological and the metaphysical, their ritualistic work creates portals for social and political self-actualisation.
As a DJ, they go by the name "Sasoraye" - Enjoying the cross-pollination of culture through music whilst questioning - how are sounds we don't instinctively place together, more connected at their roots than we think? they work with a range of genres which includes Techno, Footwork, Electronic, Amapiano, Jazz, Garage + More.
Uzoukwu is a graduate of the University Of Arts London, London College of Communication
Performances + Exhibitions
Three In The Field (Issi Nanabeyin + Brenna Horrox)
Three In The Field (Filet) 2022
Thicker Than Water (Divine Southgate-Smith)
Thicker Than Water (Royal Academy Of Arts) 2022
144 (Reference Point) 2022
Intro To Coda
Spoken Word + Movement
Cymatic Altar (Mimosa House)
Vertical Terrain (Ugly Duck) 2022
RCA (Diasporas Now)
PAF Film festival (Olomoc) 2021
When Fire Speaks We Listen
Spoken Word + Movement
Moovement (Harlesden High Street, Reference Point) 2021
Features & Articles
Intro To Coda
“Intro to Coda” is a synaesthetic embrace of shifting paradigms. Through an exploration of senses, the performance generates alternative ways of knowing that are amorphous and emotive.
The performance incorporates participatory reiki and sound healing while igniting a fragrance blended by the artists specifically for the Cymatic Altar launch. “Intro to Coda” is an embodied invitation to connection and catharsis.
"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.
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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
"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 The coronavirus.
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 the understanding of our times and a balance through introspection.
“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 A conduit of spirit and the most feminine of the elements, it exists here in both Pisces and Aquarius.
Aquarius is an air sign, however, the name suggests something else about its nature. "Aqua" speaks to the watery nature that resides within this Air sign.
I was born on this cusp, and so I feel a deep connection to its energies. Many great calendars, e.g. The Mayan calendar claim we are currently living through this cusp - 'The dawning of the age of Aquarius.'
The piece includes a poem, a video projection, and two paintings.”