Oluwaseun (Seun) Olayiwola is a choreographer, critic, dancer and poet based in London. Over the past four years, he’s been developing a hybrid choreo-poetic practice that unpicks his multilayered identity as a queer Nigerian-American man. “It’s always strange to say Nigerian and queer in the same sentence,” the artist says. “That tension is where my practice thrives.” Dance film Stay is a collaboration with artist Sam Williams, unpicking themes of grief, desire and the Black body. The subject of the piece toes the diminishing line between states of ecstatic pleasure and unrelenting sorrow, investigating intimacy.
Image Credit: Oluwaseun Olayiwola, Still from Stay (detail), (2022). Single-channel video. 17 min.