"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