Ima-Abasi Okon: A Reader

Ima-Abasi Okon: A Reader is one of a set of commissioned responses developed on the occasion of Tate’s recent acquisition and display of works by Ima-Abasi Okon.

Part of a public programme developed by writer, curator and frequent Okon collaborator Taylor Le Melle, the Reader explores Okon’s Tate Britain display through responses to its materials.

Left: Grey cover with title in black text and list of contents. Right: Installation view of Okon's display in the gallery at Tate Britain with text below

Front cover and a page from Ima-Abasi Okon: A Reader showing Ima-Abasi Okon’s display at Tate Britain (31 May – 28 November 2021)
Photo: Seraphina Neville
© Ima-Abasi Okon, courtesy the artist

Click here to download a PDF copy of Ima-Abasi Okon: A Reader from the Tate Library catalogue.

What this Reader aims to do

In this response-pamphlet, three practitioners from various disciplines – an artist, a writer and a DJ – each respond to one of the programme’s thematic keywords as it relates to their own practices:

  • Artist Lydia Gifford reaches, tenses, clamps, pins, marks ans spreads, in gathering Stretching’s movements.
  • Scholar Fernando Domínguez Rubio anchors a scholarly claim for Opacity in his experience of the installation.
  • DJ and radio host Jody Simms finds Shine and Surface in costumes and clothes, personas and coatings, the grain of sound.
  • With an introduction by Taylor Le Melle and a foreword by Anthea Hamilton.

How to access this Reader

This publication is available from Tate’s Library. To access this, you can book an appointment to visit the Reading Rooms or download a copy from Tate’s Library Catalogue.

How this Reader was produced

The Reader was produced with support from the Tate Research project Reshaping the Collectible: When Artworks Live in the Museum. The Reader forms part of a public programme curated by Taylor Le Melle who, instead of producing a series of events, re-imagined the programme as a set of commissioned pieces. The pieces use audio and text and draw on different voices, together forming a response to the works on display by Ima-Abasi Okon.

Alongside Ima-Abasi Okon: A Reader, the programme includes an Audio Description of artworks by Okon and Audio Recordings: Oil and Spirit, a series of audio pieces about palm oil and alcohol’s histories and uses, inspired by Okon’s artworks.

Reshaping the Collectible was made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Ima-Abasi Okon: A Reader has been produced using a Creative Commons licence: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license, in short, allows readers to copy and redistribute the original (un-adapted) material (this pamphlet) for non-commercial purposes (not for sale) in any medium or format with appropriate credit.

Three pages of black text on white page

A selection of contributors’ pages from Ima-Abasi Okon: A Reader

Click here to download a PDF copy of the Reader from the Tate Library catalogue.


Design: Atelier Carvalho Bernau
Curation: Taylor Le Melle
Production Support: Ese Jade Onojeruo, Kit Webb

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