fORUM: Harold Offeh

18 October 2022 6pm

Led by artist Harold Offeh, this workshop playfully explores the potential of the camera, the smartphone, and the selfie stick to mediate our experience of the body through the expressions our actions and gestures transmit in the recorded image. Connections between the body, photography, and archival reproduction present in Aimée Zito Lema’s exhibition are extended in Offeh’s workshop to investigate the playful and pleasurable ways that self-portraiture and performance allow us to intervene into past archives and create new ones. 

Building on Offeh’s study of strategies and methodologies used in the history of video art, dance, and performance for camera, participants in this workshop will explore the generative links between movement and live recording; allowing for speculative and spirited forms of choreography and performance to emerge. Open to everyone, no experience required. Participants will need a to join the workshop from a camera-enabled mobile phone, tablet, or laptop computer. 

Harold Offeh is an artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, and learning and social arts practice. Offeh is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of histories. He employs humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including: Kettles Yard, Cambridge (2020); South London Gallery (2020); Art Tower Mito, Japan (2019); Turf Projects, London (2019); Tate Britain, London (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art in Val de Marne, France (2017); Wysing Art Centre, Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2014); and Tate Modern, London (2013). He studied Critical Fine Art Practice at The University of Brighton, and holds a Master of Fine Art Photography from the Royal College of Art London. Offeh recently completed a PhD Practice in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University exploring the activation of Black Album Covers through durational performance. He lives in Cambridge, and works between London and Leeds, and is a Tutor in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art, London. 


fORUM: Harold Offeh is the second in a series of four events guest programmed by Resonance and Transmission that extend on the themes of the exhibition Aimée Zito Lema: Scryer in the Archive. 

Resonance and Transmission is organized by a group of curators, writers and researchers based in London, Montréal, Toronto, and Amsterdam interested in overlooked feminist histories and generational processes of knowledge transmission, comprising Giulia Damiani, Gabrielle Moser, Vanessa Parent and Helena Reckitt.

fORUM is Mercer Union’s ongoing series of talks, lectures, interviews, screenings, and performances. Admission to our public programming is free, and all are welcome.