Watch Now: Precious Okoyomon ‘This God Is A Slow Recovery’ (2021)

The 2021 Frieze Artist Award commission focuses on the failures of communication

in Frieze New York , Videos | 04 MAY 21
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Precious Okoyomon, the winner of the 2021 Frieze Artist Award at Frieze New York, presented a performance-activated installation conceived specifically for The Shed for Frieze New York.

For This God Is A Slow Recovery, Okoyomon focused their research on failures of communication, and instances where language collapses, breaks down, and arrives at an impasse. As an epitome of miscommunication, the legend of the Tower of Babel was taken as a point of departure to conceive, together with industrial designer Jonathan Olivares, a steel deck structure covered in camouflage netting that was placed at the centre of The McCourt.

Throughout the afternoon, poets and performers took turns to read their own poetry as well as a poem Okoyomon wrote for the occasion, Sky Song, while accompanied by a trio of strings. The readers’ voices and the music organically and unexpectedly intertwined during the length of the performance, creating unpredictable consonances as well as nuanced cacophonies.