Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju
b. October 13 1996, on a Sunday
Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju is a Nigerian-American artist and writer living in Berlin. Her transdisciplinary practice addresses the distortions that systemic structures project onto Bodies, while emphasising the healing and generative potential of perversion. She combines the visible with constructed epistemologies of history, sexuality and representation, which embody fragmented ideas of being. As she works through intimate subject matters, she also interrogates the broader, political contexts in which these issues and observations. Ilupeju 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. Earnestly, her debut collection of writing, will be published in the spring of 2022 with Archive Books.
Recent solo exhibitions include 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 charachter, 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).