Ima-Abasi Okon


sur— [infinite Slippage: production of the r ~e ~a ~l as an intensive magnitude starting at zero-eight] —plus


Curated by Mary Cremin

1 February – 28 March 2020



Void Gallery is delighted to present a commission by London and Amsterdam based artist Ima-Abasi Okon in partnership with the Chisenhale Gallery. Okon works with sculpture, sound and video to produce installations that explore exhibition-making as an exercise in syntax, adopting linguistic and grammatical structures within her installations as a way of complicating the construction of knowledge. We will release details shortly of the events which will be running during the course of this exhibition.


Preview & Ima-Abasi Okon in conversation with TaylorLeMelle

Ima-Abasi Okon in conversation with Taylor LeMelle.

Join Void for the preview of sur— [infinite Slippage: production of the r ~e ~a ~l as an intensive magnitude starting at zero-eight] —plus – a commission by London and Amsterdam based artist Ima-Abasi Okon – in partnership with the Chisenhale Gallery. The evening will commence at 6pm as the artist is joined in conversation with Taylor LeMelle, with the official preview from 6:30-8:30pm.


Ima-Abasi Okon Bio


Ima-Abasi Okon lives and works between London and Amsterdam. Selected exhibitions include: Infinite Slippage: nonRepugnant Insolvencies T!-a!-r!-r!-y!-i!-nas Handclaps of M’s Hard’Loved’Flesh [I’M irreducibly undone because] —Leanage-Complex-Dub, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK, The Weather Garden: Anne Hardy curates the Arts Council Collection, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2019); Sur— [MIX-USE COMMODITY] —plus, Kingsgate Project Space, London; Parables for the BLAZER: Mahalia’s EXCISTENCEandEXISTENTS-HyPE fragrant stacking balm (306.HAL), Plaza Plaza, London; 13th Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal; There’s something in the conversation that is more interesting than the finality of (a title), The Showroom, London (all 2018); and UNTITLED: Art on the Conditions of Our Time, New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2017). In 2018, she was awarded both the Nigel Greenwood Research Prize and the Summer Residency at Hospitalfield, Scotland. She is currently participating in the residency programme at Rijksakademie voor beeldende kunsten (Academy for fine arts), Amsterdam.


Taylor LeMelle Bio


Taylor Le Melle is a curator, writer, co-publisher at PSS Press, co-director at not/nowhere. Recent writing has been published in Flash Art, Cura, and Art Monthly as well as in monograph publications on artists Helen Cammock (Whitechapel Gallery) and Sophia Al-Maria (Bookworks). Taylor was curator-in-residence at Wysing Arts Centre in 2019.


For more about Ima’s work please visit


Photo credit: Odudu Okon


Silver Tongued Deviance
Poetry evening at Void

Wednesday 19th February, 6:30pm

We are delighted to welcome back Frank Rafferty, Abby Oliveira, James King, Mark Burns and Mel Bradley for an evening of poetry on the 19th of February. We look forward to making this a monthly occurrence and invite you to come along and share your own piece of poetry or text.

Refreshments will be served.

Void Tots – Early Years Programme

Saturday 22nd February & Saturday 21st March

Session 1: 10:30-11:15am

Sessions 2: 11:30am-12:30pm


Sinead Crumlish returns in 2020 for our Void Tots sessions. The first takes place on the 22nd February. Be prepared to get messy!

International Women’s Day

Design your own Tote Bag

Age 14+

We encourage all age groups from 14 up to pop along to this event

Cost: £2 per person

Max participants: 16

In the lead up to International Women’s day, we are inviting women to join artist Karen Cassidy at Void and design your own tote bag. We will look at designs using quotes from inspirational women and by choosing your favourite stencil and colours you will leave with your own custom made tote bag.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be served.


Easter egg painting workshop

Saturday 4th of April
2-4 pm


Max. 15 participants

Begin your Easter celebrations early with ceramic egg painting at Void. Hop along, paint an egg and take it home to decorate your house. There may even be some chocolate eggs to nibble on!

Stay tuned for more via our website or social media @derryvoid on Facebook.