Harold Offeh’s work encompasses live performance, photography, video and social practice, often using humour and comic everyday situations as a means to investigate the feelings of alienation, frustration and happiness thus referring to the broader themes of communication and difference in the contemporary society. Through the use of found footage and performance-based videos, Offeh assesses popular media representations of race, identity and desire.
In his performance Choreograph Me, 2016, Offeh invited visitors to use his body as a material to produce a series of collectively choreographed performative gestures, exploring the question of how the artist’s labour can be made useful to an audience. Previously, his work was included in Iniva’s touring exhibition ‘Veil’ in 2003 and ‘Progress Reports: Art in an Era of Diversity’ in 2010. Offeh also designed a series of workshops for the project ‘Happiness Lab: Youth’s Stuff of Happiness’ in 2008. In collaboration with young people, the workshops explored the concept of happiness through activities such as singing, dancing, gaming and creating art.
Offeh was born in Accra, Ghana and moved to London in 1980 at the age of three. Having first studied Critical Fine Art Practice at the University of Brighton, he graduated with an MA in Fine Art Photography from the Royal College of Art in London. His work has been shown widely in the UK and abroad including the Studio Museum Harlem, New York, as well as performances at Tate Modern and Tate Britain.
He lives in Cambridge and works in London and Leeds where he is a senior lecturer in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University.