"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, sound, film and participatory events, Jokhova aims to bridge gaps between these fields and their inherent hierarchical structures.
Born in Switzerland to Russian/Estonian parents, Jokhova lived in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, Austria, Estonia and the UK. She is currently based between Lisbon, London 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 can be altered through architectural construction, body memory and the relationship between building, body and mind. Exploring social narratives and remembered ‘truths’, Jokhova questions her own subjective role in and relationship to society, history, landscape, architecture and public ‘signifiers’ such as monuments. 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. Recent 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.
WRITING + RESEARCH
2016 - ongoing THE SHAPE OF RITUAL
A research project exploring the relationship between sound, architecture and the body.
+Research blog: the shape of ritual
A research project and text that investigates Being, the ontological question of presence to self and presence to others, being in space, being in common, being part of a community in relation to dwelling, in particular to the post-war architecture of social housing in the UK, Austria and parts of the former Soviet Union.
Presenting itself as a form of anthology, the text, is divided into two parts wherein the main body is a collection of thoughts, memories and writing on the perception of space –contemplations on being in and outside space, being with others in space; the footnotes delineate a more academic discussion of space, community and Being, taking point of departure from philosophical thought, historical arguments, architectural theory and the socio-psychology of our built environment. The two parts can be read together or separately and in any order; each chapter can be seen as a short essay or as part of a greater whole. The Appendix is a collection of letters and emails from family and friends as well as interviews with strangers discussing the internal and external space of their dwellings.
Written with support from Jonathan Miles and Royal College of Art, London. PDF of full text can be requested from the Royal College of Art Library.
+ text: 'Being': excerpt from 'BEING'
+ text: 'Space': excerpt from 'BEING'
+ text:'Machine': excerpt from 'BEING'