Evy Jokhova is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice is rooted in the dialogue between social anthropology, architecture, philosophy and art. Working with sculpture, installation, drawing, film, performance and painting on a project-by-project basis, she investigates the creation of social systems, invention of tradition, and how social behaviour can be altered through architectural construction.
Born in Switzerland, Jokhova has lived in Austria, Estonia, USSR & Russia; she is currently based between London, UK & Tallinn, Estonia. A graduate of MA Political Communications, Goldsmiths College and MA Fine Art, Royal College of Art, Jokhova is the recipient of the numerous awards including Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award, Royal Academy Schools Fellowship, Arts Council Individual Grants Award, Wien Kultur Funding and and Amsterdam Fonds voor Kultur (AFK) Grant. Residencies include Belvedere Museum Vienna/21er Haus (AT), BijlmAIR, (Amsterdam, NL), Florence Trust (London, UK), Nida Art Colony, (LT), Villa Lena (IT) amongst others.
Recent solo projects include:
The Shape of Ritual Audio-visual installation & performance in the Wotruba Church supported by 21er Haus and co-produced by sound:frame, Vienna, AT (2017)
Towering in the conditions of fragments, Passen-gers, London, UK (2017), reviewed in This is Tomorrow
Lighthouse, Nida, LT (2017) supported by Nida Art Colony & Lithuanian Council for Culture
Staccato a site-specific installation in the chapel at House of St Barnabas, London presented by Marcelle Joseph Projects, UK (2016)
Recent group shows include
The Manicured Wild (with Jonny Briggs), Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London;
Architecture as Metaphor, Griffin Gallery, London (2017)
Better Living: Tenderflix film festival, The Horse Hospital, London (2016)
No-one lives in the real world, Standpoint Gallery, London.
Jokhova is also the founder of Allotment project – a platform that explores social relationships and cultural politics through food.
Jokhova’s work is held in the public collections of the British Government Art Collection, UK; Lafayette College Library, USA; Royal College of Art, UK and Royal Shakespeare Company, UK.
TIME AT HOGCHESTER ARTS
Residency period - January 2018
I spent 2 weeks at Hogchester in January 2018 with the artist Tamsin Relly. I found doing a residency in early January an unusually wonderful experience. The time shortly after the festive winter break which is usually when it is most difficult to get back into the swing of things and get back to work, was somehow removed by the residency period. It allowed to a intensive 2 weeks of walking, thinking, evaluating new ideas and experimentation in a remote countryside environment yet intimate as I was sharing my time there with another resident artist and a local artist and her family.
Being on a farm, surrounded by nature: farmland, fields, woodland, beaches and coastal cliffs provided an enormous diversity of landscape to draw inspiration from and be within. I was able to do much reading and work on an on-going piece of aphoristic writing as well as experiment with new techniques in charcoal and oil paint. Spending the days of a farm and living with a fellow artist created a new rhythm and order to the days at Hogchester Farm, which I do not always observe in my daily life in London. I would work in the mornings and afternoons, taking regular breaks for walks or to spend with the animals. This rhythm is perhaps what was most beneficial to my practice. It allowed for thinking time and space for evaluation.
The residency also provided the opportunity for me to gain insight into the practice and processes of the host artist Chantal Powel and fellow resident Tamsin Relly. Finally, a large area of my research, is stone and our relationship to stone. Hogchester Residency in a short way away from the Jurassic Coast, where I was able to do several walks, research and gather material for future projects.