August Wilson Center LAB

Iyapo Repository

Iyapo Repository is a resource library that exists in a nondescript future and houses a collection of art and artifacts made by and for people of African descent. The repository has an Art & Artifacts Division, Rare Books Division, Films Division, and Manuscript Division.

During their residency with the AWC Lab, Iyapo Repository is partnering with Pittsburgh groups and organizations to expand the methods the repository uses to uncover future artifacts. Iyapo Repository aims to exhibit and collaboratively generate digital + physical objects that are in conversation with archival and cultural initiatives specific to this city.


Salome Asega is a Brooklyn-based artist and researcher whose practice celebrates dissensus and multivocality. Through participatory research, she works collaboratively to build interactive installations and to develop odd wearables. She is the co-host of speculative talk show “Hyperopia: 20/30 Vision” on bel-air radio and the Assistant Director of POWRPLNT, a digital art collaboratory. Salome has participated in residencies and fellowships at Eyebeam, New Museum, and the Laundromat Project, and she has given presentations at New Inc, Performa, Eyeo, and the Schomburg Center. Salome received her MFA from The New School, Parsons School of Design in Design and Technology and her BA from New York University in Social Practice.

Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde is an artist and time-traveler living and working in New York. He studied Visual Arts and Philosophy at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, where he earned his BA. His works range from painting and speculative design to physically interactive works, wearable technology, and explorations of Afrofuturism. Okunseinde was the co-founder and creative director of Dissident Display Studios, an award winning studio and art gallery based in Washington DC. Okunseinde’s art residency participation includes Finland’s Invitation to Helsinki, IDEO’s Fortnight, and Eyebeam’s Creative Residency. He holds an MFA in Design and Technology from The New School, Parsons School of Design in New York where he is currently an adjunct faculty member.