Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju
b. October 13 1996, on a Sunday
Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju is a Nigerian-American artist and author based in Berlin. She graduated with distinction from New York University, where she studied studio art and social and cultural analysis. She is also an alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Through painting, installation, moving image, writing, and performance, her practice confronts the insidious and generative qualities of distortion that are projected onto bodies. As she works through intimate subject matter, she also interrogates the broader political contexts from which these issues arise. She has done extensive curatorial and editorial work with SAVVY Contemporary and Archive Books, among others. Earnestly (2022, Archive Books) is her debut collection of writing.
Recent solo exhibitions include Gymnasia, A plus A Gallery, Venice, (2023), Hands Full of Air, Galerie im Turm, Berlin (2020); and Eve of Intuition, The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER), Berlin (2020). Ilupeju has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including non playable character, School for Curatorial Studies Venice & The Fairest, Venice (2022), my whole body changed into something else, Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg (2021), where will i be buried, Flux Factory, New York (2020), and Queer Intimacy and States of Emotions, Human Resources, Los Angeles (2019).