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‘What Do We Become’ research presentation by Tobi Alexandra Falade Tobi Alexandra Falade

24 May 2022

Join us as we explore Tobi Alexandra Falade's research question “How does separation from a homeland impact identity and cultural expression?

  • Venue

    Shaftesbury Room
    Soho Works Dean St
    72 Dean St
    W1D 3SG

  • Date

    Tuesday 24 May

  • Time


  • Admission

    Free, booking required

What Do We Become is a presentation of research by Tobi Alexandra Falade, current iniva and Barbican Curatorial Trainee. This presentation will explore Falade’s enquiry “How does separation from a homeland impact identity and cultural expression?”, a question revealed through considerations around her own identity as someone separated from a homeland at a young age and has not yet returned.  

On the evening Falade will share this research whilst exploring artists from diaspora working with ideas of belonging, language, and origin including Mounira Al Solh, Olu Oguibe, Zineb Sedira, and María Magdalena Campos-Pons.

Participants will be invited to engage in a discussion through questions raised throughout and refreshments will be provided.  

Audience capacity is limited and booking is required.


Tobi Alexandra Falade holds the Curatorial Traineeship at iniva and Barbican where she conducts research for exhibitions and the event programmes that accompany them, liaises with artists and specialists, and cares for works within a highly distinctive programme of twentieth and twenty-first century art.

Since joining Barbican as a Curatorial Trainee, Falade has supported the first major London solo exhibition by Mumbai-based artist Shilpa Gupta, taking place in the Curve Gallery in Autumn 2021. At iniva, she has assisted the Research Network: Archipelagos in Reverse, a prorgramme which brings together six associates from several research partner institutions.

Falade co-founded Platform Black, a community which highlights the work of Black creatives, and connects with communities of professionals and resources to transform institutions. Tobi graduated from Wimbledon College of Art, BA Fine Art: Painting, and as an artist she creates oil paintings engaging with narratives of Black British life. Falade lives and works in London and Liverpool. 

Losing My Landscape, 2021, Oil paint on Canvas,100 x 80 x 3.5 cm. Image courtesy of artist Tobi Alexandra Falade