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From his home in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, Olalekan Jeyifous is busy building fictional worlds. The speculative architect and public artist — with commissions in the works for the Venice Biennale and Exhibit Columbus and currently showing as part of “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America” at MoMA — has taken a unique approach to the built environment ever since his studies at Cornell in the early 2000s. Borrowing tropes from science fiction, Jeyifous’s richly layered, narrative images, he tells Azure, are in fact reflections of current conditions and disparities. After a sustained viewing, here are a few insights we’ve gleaned.

Part of MoMA’s landmark exhibition “Reconstructions: Architecture and...
5 Things We Learned from Olalekan Jeyifous

For the speculative architect, imagined dystopian worlds help explore the challenges of our times.

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