Through the mediums of performance, video and photography, collaboration and conversation, Harold Offeh is an artist who develops work that responds to places, situations and histories. Often the artist inhabits or embodies these histories, using humour to confront the viewer with alternative, forgotten or censored narratives.
In February 2022, Harold Offeh invited local people to be his tour guides of Milton Keynes. He was interested in what an encounter between a curious visitor – unfamiliar with a place and its history – and the people embedded in that place, would lead to.
In April, Offeh returned to Milton Keynes. This time, the artist worked with the same groups to create a collective map of Milton Keynes formed from individually-made tablecloths, candles and plates – all sculpted or decorated to reflect the stories, places and histories that had been revealed to him.
On Thursday 7 July 2022, the individual components of this map and their respective makers come together at MK Gallery for one night only. A selection of dishes chosen by groups involved in the map’s making will be presented on the map as well as recipes collected from people living across Milton Keynes, which connect them to a memory, a time or a place of personal significance.
Commissioned by Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Book here.