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Adelaide Damoah
24 carat gold leaf on card
35.6 x 26.7 cm (14 x 10.5 in)

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Adelaide Damoah is both a painter and a performance artist. She utilises body printing techniques as the starting point for both her studio work and performances. In the studio, she combines body prints with text and found photographs to create pieces which tell personal stories of the past and the present. In her performances, Adelaide is in direct conversation with Yves Klein’s 1960 Anthropometries performance in which he directed the performance of a group of nude women. In contrast, the artist directs herself to print her body onto white surfaces, remixing the original Klein performance by virtue of her identity, while simultaneously encouraging discussion about female representation, feminism, sexual stereotypes and art history.