New Contemporaries artists Rosa Johan Uddoh and Tom Smith present solo performances. Both artists’ work has been shaped by television and their performances will deal with personal identity through the lens of the small screen. Tom Smith’s performances stitch together personal anecdotes to talk about a wide range of subjects such as nostalgia, stagecraft, and spectatorship. Rosa Johan Uddoh roots her stories in specific places and materials, using ceramics, video, writing and sound, to explore alternative approaches to collective memory and black feminism.
Rosa Johan Uddoh (Croydon, 1993). Uddoh explores radical self-love and black feminism, working through relationships with places, objects or characters in British popular culture. She makes work across performance, ceramics, fan-fiction, sound, video and participatory workshops, rooting stories in specific locations and materials. She studied BA Architecture at Cambridge University and MA Fine Art (Media) at The Slade as a Sarabande, Alexander McQueen Foundation Scholar. In 2018, she received the first Liverpool Biennial & John Moores University Fellowship. Recently, Uddoh has exhibited at: New Contemporaries (2018), Bluecoat (2018), Turf (2018), Sarabande (2018), ilyd.nu (2017), The Royal Standard (2017), Wysing Arts Centre (2017) and published writing in The Architectural Review.
Tom Smith (Peterborough, 1981). Using props, animation, and music, Tom Smith’s performances stitch together personal anecdotes to talk about a wider range of subjects such as nostalgia, stagecraft, and spectatorship. Smith graduated from the RCA and was a Syllabus II participant. He was awarded the Stanley Picker Tutorship and has exhibited at the V&A London, The Bluecoat Liverpool, Warp Records London, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, The ICA, London and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge.