Rohan Ayinde / And in time we will pretend that… (London)
And in time we will pretend that – (very softly) – you have only been away for a day (2021) by artist Rohan Ayinde (part of the iterative series, Fracturing the Horizon/A Poetics of the Black (W)hole)
This installation meditates on the (im)possibility of returning home, while attempting to produce a grammar that has the capacity to imagine new horizons for what home can be. Developed from overlapping texts of Blackness and black holes, this project takes the invitation Assegai whispers to Beneatha (Act III, Scene I) as a place to think about the atemporal friction of the African-Diasporic condition: What new landscapes might we forge through a confrontation with the impossible? What role do we play in building new structures for Black bodies to inhabit?
What portals are we capable of creating that might bore a hole through the violent logics of this world? Is the imagination enough?
And in time… brings the audience into the whip of these questions, asking them to reflect on the location they occupy within the landscape of black radical thought; offering a place to unbecome and reconfigure; and suggesting that the way out is in, the way home is through, the only way back is in front of us.
Rohan Ayinde is one half of the wayward/motile collaborative duo i.as.in.we, with friend/producer/dancer Yewande YoYo Odunubi. He received his MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2019). He is a curatorial fellow with ACRE projects, and has curated shows at Blanc Gallery, Acre and NOW Gallery, London.