We’re honored to welcome Iyapo Repository to VCU this month as part of our Objects & Methods lecture series. Iyapo Repository is an afrofuturist resource library that houses a collection of digital and physical artifacts. The Repository was built as a means to preserve the digital histories and legacy of people of African descent—the library is named after Lilith Iyapo, a character from Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood, who was a survivor able to straddle two different and complex worlds. Iyapo Repository archives manuscripts, films, drawings, rare media and more.

Ayodamola Okunseinde and Salome Asega founded the museum with a modest collection that has grown tremendously in its short time. They are the archive’s lead conservators, but work closely with a global team of archivists to maintain the collection.


Thurs Feb 20
12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
The Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU
All O+M Lectures are free and open to the public.


Sat, Feb 22
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU

The Iyapo Repository artist collective will facilitate a design-led workshop to envision future cultural artifacts of people of African descent. In the workshop, each participant, acting in the role of an archivist of a museum of the future, will draw an artifact dealing with cultural domains such as politics, fashion, food and health. The sketches will then be interpreted and physically manifested into functional objects by members of the collective to be displayed as new artifacts at future exhibits.”

These events are co-sponsored with the The Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU.