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.
Catherine Wood, Senior Curator of International Art (Performance) at the Tate Modern
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 space to work and also visibility. The standard of applications was very impressive and demonstrates the urgent need for initiatives of this kind to help nurture artistic talent across the UK.”