Evy Jokhova’s cognitive and phemenological process are brought forth through her fingers in realizing the works in her practice. We are privy to her experiences in a rich tapestry of materials in her multidisciplinary body of work, including sculpture, installation, photography, film, drawing and performance. The narratives are drawn from various sources in conscious and subconscious realms, techniques are learnt and implemented, as though Jokhova is a sponge for information, a conduit, the result is seen in the works having passed through the immense filter of her mind. To comprehend the artists´ practice is to understand civilization and its various pursuits, Jokhova is a contemporary voyager and anthropologist, gleaning from various cultures and interests in architecture, social and political structures, concerns which are then applied to the multiple techniques that she employs in making her pieces. It is not always evident where the references in her works are born, as layering unveils a plethora of platforms for interpretation. In this solo presentation the works exhibit the former mentioned traits, the ideology appears to be a culmination of themes from western folklore and popular culture as the artist weaves in techniques and traditions from an Indigenous Peruvian community as objects and compositions emerge from Azorean volcanic rock. Drawings and photographs reveal micro and macro worlds which give insight into the artists´ memory and references, in turn linking the lines between the artists´ stream of thought processes and the objects. These creations are a version of the original forms as time and other factors have influenced the recollection, in the same way a journey through life and various environments affects our connections to reflecting on the past.
Evy Jokhova (Switzerland, 1984 – EE/UK/RU) lives and works between Lisbon, Tallinn and Vienna. An MA graduate of Royal College of Art (2011) and an MA from Goldsmiths College (2013), Jokhova is the recipient of numerous awards including Arts Council Individual Grants Award (2018), Royal Academy Schools Fellowship (2016-19), Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award (2017-18), Wien Kultur Förderung (2017) and Amsterdam Fonds voor Kultur (2018). Residencies include Yarat Contemporary Art Space (2018), Belvedere Museum Vienna (2017), BijlmAIR Amsterdam (2017), Villa Lena (2017), Nida Art Colony (2017) amongst others. Solo exhibitions include: Three Colours: Green, 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon (2022); The Shape of Ritual, project commissioned by Belvedere Museum (Vienna 2017); Towering in the conditions of fragments, Passen-gers (London 2017); Staccato, Marcelle Joseph Projects (London 2016). Recent group exhibition include: Ponto d’Orvalho, (Freixo de Meio, Alentejo 2021); WOTRUBA. Himmelwärts, Belvedere Museum (Vienna, 2021); Art in the Plague Year, UCR California Museum of Photography, (California, 2021); On Photographic Beings, Latvian National Museum (Riga 2020); Boundary Layers, Yarat Contemporary Art Space, (Baku 2019); Prevent this Tragedy, Dateagle (London 2018); Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, Better Living: Tenderflix film festival, The Horse Hospital (London 2017) amongst others. Since 2014 the artist has run Allotment – a collaborative research project 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.
3 +1 ARTE CONTEMPORÂNEA opened in February 2007 with the aim of promoting the work of emerging and established Portuguese and International artists, whose works illustrate the diversity of contemporary artistic practice. The presentation of contemporary International artists less known by the Portuguese public as well as that of emerging national talent, has been a formula which the gallery has nurtured over the years. 3 +1 is committed to its evolution and development as a gallery, encouraging and supporting projects by its artists both in and outside of Portugal and by focusing on the internationalization in our programation and by participating in art fairs.