Ufuoma Essi: From Where We Land
18 Jun – 29 Aug 2021

A person's hands are held up, slightly touching, with a background of a grassy meadow

Ufuoma Essi, Bodies in Dissent, 2020 (film still)

Ufuoma Essi, the SLG’s tenth Postgraduate Artist in Residence, is a video artist and filmmaker.

Her new film work, From Where We Land, examines second-generation Black British women and their relationship with identity, feelings of cultural displacement, and their relationship to Britain.

The film will look at the contributions of the 1980s Black feminist movement in England and the legacies of first-generation children of African and Caribbean immigrants. The film incorporates archive footage of 1980s Britain and 16mm footage shot on location in Margate and south London.


Ufuoma Essi (b. 1995, London) is a video artist, filmmaker and film programmer from Lewisham, south east London. Essi studied at University College London, 2014–2018 and the University of Pennsylvania, 2016–2017.

Previous exhibitions and screenings include Barbican Centre, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Croydon Art Store, London; Black Star Film Festival, Philadelphia; South London Gallery; and Chisenhale Studios, London. Essi has been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020, and Syllabus VI (2020–21) a collaboratively produced alternative learning programme that supports ten artists across ten months. Forthcoming presentations include the culmination of a short digital residency with the Black Cultural Archives, curated by Languid Hands (Rabz Lansiquot and Imani Robinson).


The South London Gallery Postgraduate Residency is an open submission six-month live-in residency that provides an early-career artist with a rare opportunity to produce a new body of work, which is then exhibited at the SLG.

Read more about the SLG Postgraduate Residency here.

The Postgraduate Residency is supported by the Paul and Louise Cooke Endowment.

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