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Harold Offeh is an artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. Offeh 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. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London; Studio Museum Harlem, New York, USA; South London Gallery, London; MAC VAL, Paris, France; Kulturhusset, Stockholm, Sweden and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark.
In 2018, his projects included performances at Publics in Helsinki, Finland and The Real Thing: Towards a Live Authentic Archive as part of Material Experiments, a group exhibition at The Tetley in Leeds, UK. Offeh also produced a major 12-hour live event and film called Down at the Twilight Zone, marking Queer experiences of nightlife in Toronto, Canada. The event had 17, 000 visitors as part of Toronto Nuit Blanche festival.
In 2019, he had a solo exhibition at Turf Projects, a gallery in Croydon. He will be artist in residence at the Contemporary Art Centre, Art Tower Mito, Japan. He studied Fine Art Critical Practice at The University of Brighton and MA Fine Art Photography at the Royal College of Art. He lives in Cambridge and works in London and Leeds, UK, where he is currently a Reader in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University and visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London.
Harold Offeh, The Havelock Mirror, 2019. Sculpture, wood and mirrored perspex.
Harold Offeh, Reading the Realness, 2017. Performance, Saturday 12 October.
‘The Cambridge Show’ brings together work by twenty-two artists who live or work in and around Cambridge. Showcasing a cross-section of the artistic community operating in the local area, from photography to performance, the exhibition will explore these artists’ diverse practices, and some of the themes and issues that they are engaging with right now.
12 October – Performance and discussion: Harold Offeh
Harold Offeh, Havelock Mirror Portrait. 2019. Photo: courtesy of the artist
Harold Offeh, Havelock Mirror Documentation. 2019. Photo: Tim Bowditch & Turf Projects
Harold Offeh, Performance for Boite En Valise: Generator. Venice, Italy, 2018. Image courtesy Aspex Gallery.
Harold Offeh, Reading the Realness, 2018. Performance. Photo: Helena Dolby.