Yetunde Olagbaju is a multidisciplinary artist and collaborator currently residing in Oakland, CA. Through her work, she concerns herself with time travel, space, source, vulnerability, ancestry, and the human relationship to the Blackness of the universe.
Through video, installation, performance, archival documents, sound, and ritual she aims to illuminate paths of deep emotional kinship, all the while highlighting moments of cosmic mirroring and overlap, within the human experience. This is all with the distinct desire to reimagine Black past, present, and future and to create a bridge for that exchange.
Having received a BFA from Beloit College in Studio Art and Museum Studies, Olagbaju’s praxis is deeply rooted in the exploration of self, radical vulnerability, storytelling, and utilizing lineage as the basis for true time travel.
Her most recent solo show “give it to her when she’s decided she knew herself…,” celebrates Black family, honors Black matriarch, rites of passage, and explores the making of “holy” and “transcendent” space.
She has displayed work in spaces like Oakland Museum of California, Betti Ono, SOMArts, Luggage Store, and The New School and has worked with institutions such as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the African Diaspora, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Image by: Pablo Circa (courtesy of the artist)