Harold Offeh Sync Lounging performance at the Coalesce 20 Year Celebration, June 2024

Performance workshop

Lounging Workshop: Exploring the politics of posing and bodies at rest


Free, booking is essential.
Numbers strictly limited.

On the final day of Coalescence: Sometime Later, Harold Offeh proposes a performance and discussion called Lounging Workshop.

The lecture performance will explore the history, cultural context, power dynamics and politics of adopting the lounging pose. Drawing on the structure and conventions of the ancient Greek Symposium as described by Plato, the Lounging Workshop takes as its starting point Harold Offeh’s ongoing research into the politics of representation and posing the body.

Over the years, Offeh has used images of reclining or lounging poses on album covers released in the mid-1980s by popular Black male singers like Luther Vandross, Teddy Prendergast, Lionel Ritchie and Billy Ocean as inspiration. Through performative re-enactment, Offeh has explored how these poses by black men contribute to conversations and thinking about the representation of othered or marginalised subjectivities and bodies.

If you have successfully booked a place you will receive a confirmation email.

Harold Offeh is an artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. Offeh is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of histories. He employs humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including Tate Britain and Tate Modern, South London Gallery, Turf Projects, London, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Wysing Art Centre, Studio Museum Harlem, New York, MAC VAL, France, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark and Art Tower Mito.

The Coalescence Closing Event 6.30-8.30pm will follow on from this performance lecture. Click here for more details


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