Wednesday 23rd October 2019,

Raimi Gbadamosi

Raimi Gbadamosi is an artist, writer and curator. He received his Doctorate in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, with thesis: ‘The use of Black People in British Advertising, or A Man Should Be judged By the Colour Of His Shirt‘ which probed social politics and cultural differences in British society. He is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on ‘Afroeuropeans’, University of Leon, Spain, and is on the editorial board of THIRD TEXT and Elastic Residence. He is also on the African and Caribbean Advisory Board of the `British Film Institute. He received the 1994 Benjamin Boothroyd Prize, and a commendation from the Association of Art Historians in 1995. He is a member of the Black Body Research Group, Goldsmith University, London.


Recent essays include: Scuffles in the Cathedral: Of Principalities and Powers, Tate Encounters, Tate Britain, London 2010; The Not-So New Europeans, Wasafiri UK 2009, and The Delight of Giant-Slayers: Or Can Artists Commit Their Lives to Paper? ArtMonitor , Sweeden.

Am I Black Enough?; Third Text, ‘Death is Performance Art Too‘; Spiked Online, and ‘And the Band Played On‘; Arts Professional raise questions of the artists’ person and responsibility.


He has exhibited nationally and internationally, Recent shows and events include: Belgrade Calling, International Test Site, Belgrade 2010; Exchange Mechanism, Belfast Exposed, Belfast 2010; ARCO Madrid 2009; Tentativa De Agotar Un Lugar Africano, CASM, Barcelona 2008; Human Cargo, Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth 2007; Port City, Arnolfini, Bristol 2007; Human Cargo: The Transatlantic Slave Trade, its Abolition and Contemporary Legacies in Plymouth and Devon’, Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth 2007; Child’s Play, Novas Gallery, London 2006.


He works across many media and practices, including craft, music, web media, writing and audience participation. His work draws attention by allowing open debates, instead of simply representing concerns defined by the viewer’s personal specific social, cultural and political preconceptions. Gbadamosi investigates the complexity of social and cultural politics, challenging views on ethnicity, race and culture. His work is skilfully executed while maintaining a sense of humour. Aware of the labelling power of language, he chooses to address issues obliquely.


The Republic ( negotiates the meeting of race, power, language and social constructions.


Gbadamosi curated When in Rome, Lewisham Art House, London (2002), WIR II 2004 (Spacex, Exeter); WIR III 2004 (Castlefield, Manchester) WIR IV 2005 (mac, Birmingham) and WIR V 2005 (TFAC, Portsmouth) Gbadamosi co-curated Homelands at Spacex, Exeter (2004): which investigated the notion of Middle England, The exhibition later featured in decibel, Arts Council England’s diversity initiative. He curated Mixed Belongings: Eight Contemporary Makers with the Craft Council in 2005, (part of Africa 05) which toured nationally to Bilston Crafts Gallery, Wolverhampton; Castle Museum, Nottingham; and then on to Hawick Museum, Scottish Borders. Other projects include Cordial at Georges House Gallery, Folkestone, with Canterbury County Council and the Arts Council of England.



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