Yinka Ilori

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Omi Okun

A projection onto a large building along a river depicts a couple dancing. They are wearing purple and the background is yellow and orange.
A projection onto a large building along a river depicts a couple dancing. They are wearing purple and the background is yellow and orange.
Eye Icon Icon of an eye with lashes, opened if the projection is on view; closed if projection is archived.

On View

  1. :

Omi Okun

A projection onto a large building along a river depicts a couple dancing. They are wearing purple and the background is yellow and orange.

Artist-slash-designer Yinka Ilori is a master of fusing together seemingly disparate disciplines, colors, and narratives. Dubbed 'the architect of joy,' the U.K. native of Nigerian descent is renowned for his playful and vibrant interventions in public spaces abroad, which synthesize contemporary design with Nigerian traditions. Ilori makes his U.S. visual art debut with Omi Okun, which marks the artist's first time translating his love for storytelling into digital video, animation, and projection mapping. 

Omi Okun (Yoruba for 'ocean water'), is the artist's most personal work to date. The dreamlike piece recreates the artist's experience of a Pentecostal church ritual, in which he traveled seventy miles from London to Margate. The video work is split into four parts, with each one representing a memorable aspect of the journey: white garments, incense, the water, and a dreamscape.

Learn more about Omi Okun via our IG Live conversation with the artist. 

Plus, check out Ilori's collaboration with Momentum Textiles and Wallcoverings, unveiled at NeoCon 2024