Rosa-Johan Uddoh (b.1993, Croydon) is an interdisciplinary artist working towards radical self-love, inspired by black feminist practice and writing. Through performance, writing and multimedia installation, she explores an infatuation with places, objects or celebrities in British popular culture, and their effects on self-formation. She will be using the site to prepare for her upcoming solo show ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ to take place at Focal Point Gallery in Southend on Sea
Her upcoming exhibition will explore the relationship of childhood education with popular ideas of the British nation, and how this forms British subjects; responding to debates about Black history within the National Curriculum and urban space. As part of this, Rosa will make a series of giant tea-stained paper sculptures, riffing off the go-to-technique for children when ‘making historical’.
The Camden Passage site will allow her to make tests and really experiment with these processes - different teas, different scales, allowing her to push the work creatively before completing in-situ other elements under more time pressure, in Southend.
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Catherine is responsible for researching, collecting and programming performance in the museum, she initiated Tate Modern's annual Live Exhibition in the Tanks, which has featured artists including Faustin Linyekula, Anne Imhof, Fujiko Nakaya, Isabel Lewis, Joan Jonas and Jumana Emil Abboud. Wood curated the 2018-19 Hyundai commission for the Turbine Hall with the Cuban artist, Tania Bruguera, and co-curated the Rauschenberg retrospective at Tate Modern in 2017. Previous exhibitions include A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance in 2012, The World as a Stage at Tate Modern in 2007 and the online broadcast project, "BMW Tate Live: Performance Room" in 2011. Outside of Tate, Wood curated "Yvonne Rainer Dance Works" for Raven Row in London in 2013, and is author of Yvonne Rainer: The Mind is a Muscle (2007, Afterall/MIT press) and "Performance in Contemporary Art" (Tate Publishing, 2018).
“Securing support for emerging artists and creative practitioners is especially challenging
right now. This new project by Hypha Studios is innovative and timely, providing both much needed
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Hypha Studios hosted Rosa-Johan Uddoh in a temporary studio in 22- 24 Camden Passage in Islington. Here she is in conversation with Katharine Stout, the Director of Focal Point Gallery to discuss her upcoming solo show at Focal Point Gallery in Southend "Practice Makes Perfect" and her response to the current debates about black history within the National Curriculum and urban space.
Sept 2016- 2018 MA Fine Art at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Distinction and Dean’s List.
Dissertation: ‘Being Venus & Serena: Sport, Spandex and other Uses of the Erotic.’
Oct 2011- Jul 2014 Ba (Hons.) Architecture at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge. 2:1.
April 2020 Stuart Hall Library Residency 2020. Selected by Iniva and the Stuart Hall Foundation.
Nov 2018 – Sept 2019 Liverpool Biennial and Liverpool John Moores University Fellowship.
July 2018 New Contemporaries 2018 artist.
September 2017 Red Mansion Art Prize, including one month residency to Beijing & group show.
September 2016- Sept 2018 Sarabande: Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation Scholarship.
Upcoming (Jan 2021) ‘”Practice Makes Perfect!”’. Focal Point Gallery. Curated by Katharine Stout.
July - August 2020 ‘”She is still alive!”’. Destiny’s Atelier, Oslo. Curated by Nora Joung.
June - July 2019 ‘Studies for Impartiality’. Jupiter Woods, London. Curated by Katie Simpson, Carolina Ongaro and Katrina Black.
Feb - March 2019 ‘Sphinx At The Crystal Palace’. Black Tower Projects, London. Cur. Phil Serfaty.
May 2018 ‘Thigh House’. Sarabande Foundation, London.
March 2017 ‘On Opacity’. Online exhibition at ilyd.nu. Curated by Dyveke Bredsdorff & Ulla Rask.
Dec 2019 ‘TV Dinners E03’. Tate Modern, London.
Oct 2019 ‘Learning by Doing: A Politics of Practice’. 68 Institute, Copenhagen.
Oct 2019 ‘New Contemporaries 70th Anniversary Symposium’. Courtauld Institute, London & Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.
Nov 2019 ‘Fanspeak’. Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.
May 2019 ‘The Unexpected Beautiful Phrase’. Nottingham Contemporary.
Feb 2019 ‘Making Ground’. Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh.
November 2018 ‘Art in the Age of Black Girl Magic’. Tate Britain.
June 2017 ‘Mene Mene Tekel Parsin’. Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge.