Elemental Gestures: Towards a Feeling of Home by Adéolá (Audio Description)
An audio-description of both the new work Elemental Gestures: Towards a Feeling of Home by Adéolá, and Finding Jane, an accompanying short film by Catriona Abuneke.
Elemental Gestures: Towards a Feeling of Home evokes the essence of the deity Yemonja/Yemaya/Yemoja. Hailing from Yoruba spirituality with manifestations in the African Diaspora, Yemonja can be understood as mother of the ocean, sustaining yet turbulent.
This work contributes to the radical engagements with water and diasporic identity that feature in the work of Artes Mundi 9 artists Firelei Baez, Dineo Seshee Bopape, and Beatriz Santiago Munoz, and that run throughout the public programme.
Adéolá is a visual artist, researcher and presenter based in Wales. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, her work explores expressions of identity and belonging in the diaspora. Adéọlá’s work is invested in the ways in which emancipatory performances such as Carnival, masquerades and rituals can inform approaches to art-making. She is currently the Founder and Co-Director of Laku Neg: a burgeoning digital artist initiative for African diaspora artists, which promotes the exchange of African diaspora knowledge through memory, philosophy, performance and storytelling, as a key focus for a reparations agenda. She is also an hourly paid lecturer at the University of South Wales.