"Powerful attachment to materiality is deeply threaded into individual identity, with family heirlooms, lucky charms and tales of tradition all being kept alive by belief. The stories live on through thoughts, moving through minds without question. The artist offers this scene to viewers without little explanation, instead arousing memories to make sense of the work themselves. A captivating stance at the human navigation of retrospection and personal objectification, Jokhova cleverly summons organic connection with ease and unpredictability." – Cara Bray, writer/critic
“But this time is not prehistory, this movement doesn’t derive from ritual, where actions are observed for their own sake, but from investigation into time and place – a thoroughly modern mentality. The modern perception of time is neither strictly circular and repetitive, nor linear and teleological, but oscillates somewhere between the two, cut through all parts by discontinuities. This is described by the discontinuous soundscape, with its rhythm that doesn’t keep time and its use of field recordings that dissociate sounds from their context.” – Jacob Charles Wilson, writer/critic
Evy Jokhova is a multi disciplinary artist whose practice engages with dialogue and relationships between social anthropology, architecture, philosophy and art. Working with drawing, sculpture, installation, film, food and participatory events, Jokhova aims to bridge gaps between these fields and their inherent hierarchical structures.
Born in Switzerland, Jokhova lived in the USSR, Austria, Estonia, UK, Azerbaijan and Portugal. She is currently based between Lisbon and Tallinn. Her multi-cultural background and exposure to diverse social and political structures in altering states of flux and stability form the backbone of Jokhova’s research and practice, that investigates the relationships between things, how social behaviour and habits can be altered through architecture, landscape and body memory. Exploring social narratives and remembered ‘truths’, Jokhova questions her own subjective role in and relationship to society, history, landscape and architecture. The complex relationships between the perceived, the imagined and the accepted norm are driving factors in Jokhova’s multi-facetted practice which is also often supported by anthropological fieldwork and interviews.
Jokhova works on a project-by-project basis. Projects include: ‘The Shape of Ritual’ – a project exploring the relationship between sound, architecture and the body through transcribing buildings into music and then into dance; and ‘I dance for you my edifice’ – a project that investigates our relationship with stone — as ‘historical constant’ whose significance is simultaneously entwined with ancient mythology and contemporary obsessions with materiality and synthesis through site-specific installations comprised of interactive sound sculptures, images and performances. Since 2014 the artist has run Allotment – a collaborative research project that explores social relationships and cultural politics through food. J
A social experiment and a participatory research programme of events and online research blog exploring the relationship between food, politics, culture and society.
THE SHAPE OF RITUAL (2016 - ongoing)
A research project exploring the relationship between sound, architecture and the body.
+Research blog: the shape of ritual