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Performance

21 Jan 2016

Performance by London-based Ghanaian artist Harold Offeh adapted specifically for the London Art Fair.

  • Venue

    Talks & Discussion Theatre

  • Time

    6.30 pm – 7.30 pm

  • Admission

    Free

  • Artists

    Offeh Harold

Choreograph Me is an ongoing project in which artist Harold Offeh invites audiences to use his body as a material for the production of a series of performative gestures. Visitors to London Art Fair had the opportunity to generate instructions for actions, movements and gestures that Offeh performed live for one hour. Audiences were invited to participate and join Offeh in the fulfilment of the instructions, or to direct and edit from afar. Choreograph Me, originally commissioned by Mima, Middlesborough, uses the framework of instructions to form a collectively choreographed piece. By offering his body as a material to be experimented with, Offeh explores the question of how an artist can be used as a sculptural material and his labour made useful to an audience.

Offeh is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of history. His work encompasses performance, social practice, video and photography, often using humour as a means to confront the viewer with aspects of contemporary culture and history. Recently Offeh has approached the themes of service through collective live engagements with other artists, performers and community participation.

Iniva has worked with Offeh previously on a number of projects including the touring exhibition Veil (2004), The Happiness Lab (2008) and Progress Reports: art in an era of diversity (2010). Offeh has also exhibited widely nationally and internationally including Camden Arts Centre, Gasworks and The Studio Museum, Harlem.