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Harold Offeh

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  • Harold is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Print and Contemporary Art Practice. Working across all the pathways in CAP, he mostly engages with students through one to one tutorials.

  • Biography

  • Harold Offeh was born in Accra, Ghana, but grew up in London. He is an artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. He studied Critical Fine Art Practice at the University of Brighton (1996–99) and completed an MA Fine Art Photography at the Royal College of Art (1999–2001). He is due to complete his PhD in 2020. He lives in Cambridge and works in London and Leeds, where he is also currently a Reader in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University. He has also been a Visiting Lecturer at Goldsmiths College, Slade School of Art, the Royal Academy Schools, Central St Martins and School of the Art Institute in Chicago, USA.

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  • Practice

  • As an artist, Harold works in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. Harold often employs humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture and is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of history. Recent projects have explored encounters with museum objects and artefacts, forgotten queer histories and intersections of the body and technology. Through performance, collaboration and conversation he develops work that responds to places, situations and histories.

    He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including Tate Britain, Tate Modern and South London Gallery, Studio Museum Harlem, USA, MAC VAL, Paris, France, Kulturhusset, Stockholm, Sweden and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

    In 2018 his projects included performances at Publics, a contemporary art space in Helsinki, Finland. Actions: The Image of The World Can Be Different, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK. The Real Thing: Towards a Live Authentic Archive as part of Material Environments at The Tetley in Leeds, UK. Harold also produced a 12-hour live event and film called Down at the Twilight Zone, marking Queer experiences of nightlife in Toronto, Canada.

    In 2019, he was artist in residence at the Contemporary Art Centre, Art Tower Mito, Japan and he has had a solo exhibition at Turf Projects, a gallery in London. He is 2019 recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Artist Awards.

    In 2020, he will present anew installation for the Wellcome Collection’s season On Happiness, opening in April 2020.
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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Solo Exhibitions/Projects

    2019 Croydon Plays Itself, Turf Projects, London, UK

    2016 Choreograph Me, Iniva London Art Fair, London, UK

    2015 Covers Performance, MAC Birmingham, UK

    Group Exhibitions/ Performances (selected)

    2020

    Untitled: Art on the Conditions of Our Time, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK

    On Happiness, Wellcome Collection, London, UK

    2019  

    Publicness of the Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan

    Kabaret Dada, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway

    2018  

    Nuit Blanche: Toronto 2018, Toronto, Canada

    Knock Knock: Humour in Contemporary Art, South  London Gallery

    Faculty of Action, Fargfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden

    Flam: Live Art Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Queer City Performance Festival, Regina, Canada

    Material Experiments, The Tetley, Leeds

    Covers, Publics (Art Space), Helsinki, Finland

    Actions: The Image of the World Can Be Different, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, 

    Elephant Atlas, LCC, London.

    More Than An Avalanche, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

    2017

    Queer Art Here and Now, Tate Britain, UK

    Boite en Valise, Portsmouth, UK, Venice, Italy and Syracuse, USA 

    Tous, des Sang-Mêlés, Museum of Contemporary Art in Val de Marne, France

    Untitled: Art on the Conditions of Our Time, New Art Exchange, Nottingham

    2016

    We Are the Epi Center, P! Gallery, New York City, USA

    We Are the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies, New York, USA

    An Image of Our Own Making, Museet for Samtidkunst, Roskilde, Denmark

    Grace Jones Project, Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, USA


    Publications

    Fictions and Futures a Goldsmiths Afrofuturist Publication, Repeater Books, 2018

    Tous, des sang-mêlés, MAC VAL, Museum of Contemporary Art in Val de Marne, France, 2017

    An Age of Our Own Making III (Exhibition Catalogue) Edited by Solvej Helweg Ovesen and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, 2017

    In Site of Conversation: On Learning with Art, Audiences and Artists. Edited by Turvey, Walton and Daly. Tate Publishing, 2017

    Afropean, Mimicry and Mockery Festival of Performance. Visual and Theatre. Mousonturm Kunstlerhaus, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany, 2016.

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  • Awards and Grants

  • Paul Hamlyn Visual Arts Award Recipient, 2019

    Arts Foundation Nominee, 2018 

    Decibel Artists Award Recipient 2006

    Arts Council England, Grants for Arts Individuals 2003 


Selected work