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For over 20 years, Sid Lee Collective has been a creative incubator that helps fund, produce and exhibit the passion projects of Sid Lee employees and their collaborators. No matter the day job, we believe that everyone benefits when we empower people to create what matters. 

 

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Profiles
Refuge artist profile: EKENE IJEOMA
March 23, 2017
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Ekene Ijeoma is a socially-focused interdisciplinary artist, designer and NYFA and New Lab/Simons Foundation Fellow. For Refuge, he’s presenting a project called Making America which he describes as “A Paul Sharits inspired generative animation which spells out AMERICA using the names of countries that make up today’s United States of America. Each spelling and generation of the animation uses a random sequence of countries.” We caught up with him hours before tonight’s opening show.

Q:

How do you describe yourself and the work that you do?

A:

I’m a socially-focused artist and designer making websites, apps, installations, and performances. My work bridges the gap between underreported stories, underrepresented communities and the news.

Q:

What are you exhibiting at this show? What are you trying to accomplish with it?

A:

An installation called Making America. It questions Trump’s politics in a country made of immigrants.

Q:

For you, how is creativity used as a weapon to protect civil liberties?

A:

I use it to camouflage activism in aesthetics, to educate and imagine change.


Q:

How do you see your role as an artist in these increasingly fucked up times?


A:

Truth teller.

Q:

Who are you looking to these days for inspiration?


A:

Theaster Gates

Written by Diane Paik

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