Adelaide Damoah is a painter and performance artist of Ghanaian descent who often uses her body as the starting point for her work. Recurring themes in her creations include gendered subjectivity, sexuality, colonialism and spirituality. Damoah initially studied applied biology at Kingston University, Surrey, graduating with honours in 1999. But her career in the pharmaceutical industry was cut short following a diagnosis of endometriosis. While convalescing, she turned her attention to art. Of her work, Damoah says: “I am interested in generating a spontaneous communi(cati)on between myself and an audience using a performance in which I function as a channel by which a recorded history of what was previously known but became unknown in the past becomes uncannily known again in the present, only to become unknown again at the end of the performance.”
Her recent solo exhibitions and performances include Genesis, London (2018) and #MYFACE, Cannes Lions Festival (2019).