Rosa-Johan Uddoh is an interdisciplinary practitioner working towards radical self-love, inspired by black feminist practice and writing. Using performance, installation and writing she explores an infatuation with places, objects or celebrities in British popular culture, and the effects of these on self-formation. Particularly, Uddoh is interested in black performance in popular culture – how it can expand or constrict the way black people move through space. Her experiences as a black woman in Architecture and living in a former colonial centre, London, have generated her acute understanding of the way in which space is materially built and socially structured, and how this affects the way we relate through our bodies, behaviours and sense of self.
Uddoh’s work utilises humour, appropriation and parody as tools used by diasporic subjects for creative resistance. Each of her performances appropriate a particular popular media format, working with people’s preconceived ideas as a gesture towards taking ownership of mass-media. Her first book, ‘Practice Makes Perfect’, a collection of scripts and scores explores these themes, will be co-published by Focal Point Gallery and Bookworks early next year.
Uddoh lectures in BA Performance at Central Saint Martins and has exhibited at Tate Modern, Jupiter Woods, Black Tower, Bluecoat and Tate Britain. She is a New Contemporaries 2018 alumnus, was the Liverpool Biennial & John Moores University Fellow 2018-2020 and was awarded the Stuart Hall Library Residency for 2020.