Adelaide Damoah

Performance Artist | Painter

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 Kleins 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.Adelaide Damoah uses her body as a tool to paint and perform resulting in body prints. In her performances, Adelaide seeks to engage the audience in a conversation about sexual stereotypes, feminism and specific elements of art history. Her performances are a direct reference to Yves Klein’s Anthropométrie de l’époque bleue” performance (1960). In front of an audience, Klein directed naked young women to cover their bodies in his signature blue paint, and print their bodies onto a white surface. Klein selected women who would have been considered the feminine ideal, ultimately creating, in Adelaide’s opinion, “passive female bodies, ripe for objectification and sexualization by the male gaze.” In her studio works, Adelaide references the body print techniques of David Hammons as well as Yves Klein to start her work process. After completing the body prints, she uses found images, text and gold to explore personal family history, which ultimately leads to a wider exploration of the history of Britain in the context of its colonial past with Ghana.Having agency and control over the way she presents herself and her work is essential. When performing, Adelaide presents in a way that is devoid of sexuality to remove the possibility of objectification despite being nude- a contradiction to the way in which Klein instructed his models to perform. Adelaide is a black female, operating in a space where she is a minority and where European standards for beauty are the norm. In this society, the black female body has a heavy load of history to carry in terms of sexual stereotypes and resulting objectification or de-sexualization- meaning that depending on ones physical characteristics, it is possible to find oneself placed into a either a box which sexually objectifies you based on a particular stereotype or into a box which completely de-sexualises you, with not much scope for just being who you are. She aims to confront these issues through her performances.
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Her Eyes, They Never Lie , 2020

Mixed media on canvas 1 x 2.1 m These works are a response to the works by celebrated Malian photographers; Abdourahmane Sakaly (1926-1988) Adama Kouyate (1928 - present) and Malick Sidibe (1935 – 2016). The photographs immediately reminded Adelaide of images of her mother from the same time period, hence her repeated use of a studio shot of her mother from 1969 when she was 23 years old. She appears and disappears in the works. Sometimes she is fully seen and sometimes she is degraded and only partially seen. But this is part of the beauty and mystery of photography and of human beings.
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Young Collectors Club in Partnership with Christie’s Education , 2017

Adelaide Damoah performed "This is Me - The Inconsistency of the Self" during the launch event of the Young Collectors Club in partnership with Christie's Education
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MTArt Agency Partnership with Christie’s Education , 2018

Adelaide Damoah performed "My Body is Present. Homage to Ana Mendieta" during the opening event of the new building of Christie's Education.
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My Body Is Present- Homage to Ana Mendieta , 2018

Oil and pen on canvas 210 x 200 cm
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What the Parents Said , 2017

Oil and pen on canvas 76,2 x 61 cm
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This Is Me 7 & 8 , 2017

Oil and marker pen on wood panels 76,2 x 50,8 cm
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You Should Learn to Speak the Language , 2017

Mixed Media on Canvas 91,4 x 61 cm
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To Know Her , 2017

Mixed media finished with epoxy resin on canvas 50,8 x 50,8 cm
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My Dad Thinks I am Honest , 2017

Mixed media finished with epoxy resin on canvas 91,4 x 61 cm
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Genesis XL , 2018

35,6 x 24,1 cm 35,6 x 24,1 cm
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Genesis XXXVII , 2018

Pigment and 24 carat gold leaf on Bible 35,6 x 24,1 cm
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Leviticus XXV , 2018

Pigment and 24 carat gold leaf on Bible 35,6 x 24,1 cm
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John Brown’s Bible , 2018

24 carat gold leaf on vintage 1800's John Brown Bible cover 35,6 x 24,1 cm
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A Blood Relation Does not Like Poverty , 2018

Pigment, singularity black paint and 24 karat gold leaf on watercolour paper 35,6 x 26,7 cm
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Everyone Has His God-Given Beauty , 2018

Pigment on watercolour paper 101,6 x 68,6 cm
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A Stubborn Woman Causes Trouble , 2018

Pigment on watercolour paper 139,7 x 101,6 cm
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One Person Alone Easily Becomes Anxious , 2018

Pigment on watercolour paper 29,2 x 43,2 cm
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Patience Removes Mountains , 2018

Pigment on watercolour paper 101,6 x 68,6 cm
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If Someone Does not Know You, He May Call You a Beast , 2018

Pigment on watercolour paper 134,6 x 94 cm
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A Person Alone Hurts , 2018

Pigment on watercolour paper 116,8 x 147,3 cm
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Untitled, 2019 , 2019

Oil and pigment on canvas 180 x 115 cm
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Untitled, 2019 , 2019

oil and pigment on canvas 134 x 94 cm
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Untitled, 2019 , 2019

Oil and pigment on canvas 134 x 94 cm
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Untitled, 2019 , 2019

Oil and pigment on canvas 134 x94 cm
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Untitled, 2019 , 2019

Oil and pigment on canvas 102 x 69 cm
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Untitled, 2019 , 2019

Oil and pigment on canvas 102 x 69 cm
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Untitled , 2019

Oil and pigment on canvas 134 x 94 cm
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Adelaide Damoah

Her Eyes, They Never Lie

2020

Mixed media on canvas

1 x 2.1 m

These works are a response to the works by celebrated Malian photographers; Abdourahmane Sakaly (1926-1988) Adama Kouyate (1928 - present) and Malick Sidibe (1935 – 2016). The photographs immediately reminded Adelaide of images of her mother from the same time period, hence her repeated use of a studio shot of her mother from 1969 when she was 23 years old. She appears and disappears in the works. Sometimes she is fully seen and sometimes she is degraded and only partially seen. But this is part of the beauty and mystery of photography and of human beings.

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Adelaide Damoah

I am not free while any woman is unfree. Even when her shackles are very different from my own

2019

Pigment and grease on canvas

2,1 x 4,5 m

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Adelaide Damoah

Young Collectors Club in Partnership with Christie’s Education

2017

Adelaide Damoah performed "This is Me - The Inconsistency of the Self" during the launch event of the Young Collectors Club in partnership with Christie's Education

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Adelaide Damoah

MTArt Agency Partnership with Christie’s Education

2018

Adelaide Damoah performed "My Body is Present. Homage to Ana Mendieta" during the opening event of the new building of Christie's Education.

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Adelaide Damoah

My Body Is Present- Homage to Ana Mendieta

2018

Oil and pen on canvas

210 x 200 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

What the Parents Said

2017

Oil and pen on canvas

76,2 x 61 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

This Is Me 7 & 8

2017

Oil and marker pen on wood panels

76,2 x 50,8 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

You Should Learn to Speak the Language

2017

Mixed Media on Canvas

91,4 x 61 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

To Know Her

2017

Mixed media finished with epoxy resin on canvas

50,8 x 50,8 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

My Dad Thinks I am Honest

2017

Mixed media finished with epoxy resin on canvas

91,4 x 61 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

Genesis XL

2018

35,6 x 24,1 cm

35,6 x 24,1 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

Genesis XXXVII

2018

Pigment and 24 carat gold leaf on Bible

35,6 x 24,1 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

Leviticus XXV

2018

Pigment and 24 carat gold leaf on Bible

35,6 x 24,1 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

John Brown’s Bible

2018

24 carat gold leaf on vintage 1800's John Brown Bible cover

35,6 x 24,1 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

If Unity Is not a Good Thing Look at the Black Ants as They Form a Straight Line

2018

Pigment on watercolour paper

35,6 x 26,7 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

A Blood Relation Does not Like Poverty

2018

Pigment, singularity black paint and 24 karat gold leaf on watercolour paper

35,6 x 26,7 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

If Two People Are Fighting then He Who Is Third Must Be the Peacemaker

2018

Pigment on watercolour paper

35,6 x 26,7 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

If a Woman Doesn’t Love You It Doesn’t Help if You Splash Money on Her

2018

24 carat gold leaf on card

35,6 x 26,7 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

Everyone Has His God-Given Beauty

2018

Pigment on watercolour paper

101,6 x 68,6 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

A Stubborn Woman Causes Trouble

2018

Pigment on watercolour paper

139,7 x 101,6 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

At Someone Else’s Mother’s Funeral You Weep for Your Own Mother

2018

Pigment on watercolour paper

134,6 x 94 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

One Person Alone Easily Becomes Anxious

2018

Pigment on watercolour paper

29,2 x 43,2 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

Patience Removes Mountains

2018

Pigment on watercolour paper

101,6 x 68,6 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

If Someone Does not Know You, He May Call You a Beast

2018

Pigment on watercolour paper

134,6 x 94 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

A Person Alone Hurts

2018

Pigment on watercolour paper

116,8 x 147,3 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

Untitled, 2019

2019

Oil and pigment on canvas

180 x 115 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

Untitled, 2019

2019

oil and pigment on canvas

134 x 94 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

Untitled, 2019

2019

Oil and pigment on canvas

134 x 94 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

Untitled, 2019

2019

Oil and pigment on canvas

134 x94 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

Untitled, 2019

2019

Oil and pigment on canvas

102 x 69 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

Untitled, 2019

2019

Oil and pigment on canvas

102 x 69 cm

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Adelaide Damoah

Untitled

2019

Oil and pigment on canvas

134 x 94 cm

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Our superstar Adelaide Damoah opened the 2019 Cannes Lions edition with her performance #MyFace in front of 1000 people to make us rethink our relationship with the beauty sector.

Our superstar Adelaide Damoah and our CEO Marine Tanguy were the faces of the latest Chloé campaign, featuring their perfume Nomade. Chloé wanted to feature artists from emerging countries.

Our superstar artist Adelaide Damoah and our CEO Marine Tanguy were the faces of the latest citizenM campaign. CitizenM wanted to feature the top artists in London.

This January, art gallery WE COLLECT and MTArt Agency co-hosted the exhibition Drivers for the Future, a group show curated by Olimpia Saccone featuring works by our artists Enam Gbewonyo, Elisa Insua, David Aiu, Shuster+Mosley and Adelaide Damoah. The exhibition aimed to offer a perspective on the main timely fights that the new generations are standing for, the battles that will lead to a better future.

Our artists Adelaide Damoah, Jasmine Pradissitto, and Konvalina are the new faces of the eco-friendly cleaning brand method. They created a new limited edition collection of products featuring bespoke works of art.

We partnered up with the sustainable Fine Art logistics company Flight Logistics. Their vans deliver art to top collectors across the UK featuring the artwork of our artists.

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