Precious Okoyomon: But Did You Die?
Precious Okoyomon: But Did You Die?
Precious Okoyomon: But Did You Die?
Precious Okoyomon: But Did You Die?
Precious Okoyomon: But Did You Die?
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Precious Okoyomon: But Did You Die?

Precious Okoyomon: But Did You Die?

Precious Okoyomon

But Did You Die?, 2024

Published by Serpentine, UK and Wonder, US
Cloth Bound
156pp 
11 x 17 cm
£20


Edited by Claude Adjil and Ben Fama
Designed by Tiffany Malakooti
Printed in Guangdong, China
ISBN: 978-1-7320900-4-0

Precious Okoyomon's latest collection of poems But Did You Die? combines their signature divinely-inspired lyricism with vivid illuminations. Okoyomon's pantheism-in-verse brings the sensibility of their sublime installations to the page with poems that are as expressive as they are formally inventive. This delicate book weaves an unprecedented braid of poetry, experimental writing and drawing.

Precious Okoyomon is a Nigerian-American poet and artist. Their work considers the natural world, histories of migration and racialization, and the pure pleasures of everyday life. They have had institutional solo exhibitions at the LUMA Westbau in Zurich (2018), the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt (2020), Performance Space New York (2021), and the Aspen Art Museum (2021). They were included in the 59th Venice Biennale, the 58th Belgrade Biennial as well as group exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and the LUMA Arles, France. Major performances have been commissioned by Serpentine, London (2019) and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2019). Okoyomon was a 2020 artist-in-residence at the LUMA Arles, and they are the 2021 recipient of the Frieze Art Fair Artist Award, as well as the 2021 Chanel Next Art Prize. Their work is currently on display in Nigeria Imaginary, a group exhibition representing the Nigerian pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale, and Cloud Chronicles, Fondation Beyeler’s summer exhibition.

Precious Okoyomon has been closely linked to Serpentine for many years throughout its programmes including their participation in the Work Marathon (2018); The End of the World as part of Park Nights 2019; do it, an ever-expanding set of creative instructions by leading artists (2020-ongoing); THE SKY IS A GENIUS – an evening of poetry inside of P. Staff’s exhibition On Venus (2020); 140 Artists’ Ideas for Planet Earth (2021) as part of Serpentine’s Back to Earth exhibition; and Poetry and Spiritualism inside Dominique Gonzalez Foerster’s exhibition Alienarium 5 (2022).