Ayesha Tan Jones (b. 1993)
Ayesha's work is a spiritual practice that seeks to fuse activism and art to present an alternative, queer, optimistic dystopia. They work through ritual, meditating through craft, and building forms from their dreams. Ayesha approaches activism through art, creating diverse, eco-conscious narratives that aim to connect, enthral and induce audiences to think more sustainably and ethically. Traversing pop music, sculpture, alter-egos, digital image and video work, Ayesha sanctifies these mediums as tool's in their craft.
Ayesha is the founder of Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club, a physical and meta-physical self defence class for women, non binary people and QTIPoC, combining Brazilian JuJitsu and magical/medicinal herbalism to create a holistic approach to self defence. Through community ritual and collective healing, the energy created at SSFC is powerful and creative.
In June 2016, Ayesha was awarded the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s graduate residency award, giving them space and materials to research and make work on the grounds. This culminated with a show in March 2017.
Recent commissions include a Summer Saturdays Live performance at the Serpentine Galleries where Tan-Jones wrote, produced, and performed Parasites of Pangu, an apocalyptic opera.
Selected recent commissions/exhibitions include: Shanghai Biennale (2021) Athens Biennale (2021) Serpentine Galleries, London (2019) IMT Gallery, London (2019) Mimosa House, London (2018), ICA, London (2018-2020) Cell Project Space, London (2018) Gropius Bau, Berlin (2018) Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2016-17).