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Olalekan Jeyifous

On fantastical architecture and sci-fi Brooklyn. Words by Kyla Marshell. Photograph by Oumayma B. Tanfous.

There Are Black People in the Future. So goes a phrase coined by artist Alisha B. Wormsley. It’s a provocative statement, in part because it seems both obvious—why wouldn’t Black people exist in the future?—and interested in challenging the notion that they might not. For Olalekan Jeyifous, a Brooklyn-based architect and artist, the question of where Black people might exist, both geographically and otherwise, resides squarely at the center of his work. In both large-scale public art and speculative architecture,

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