A photograph of Shelley Marlows illustration of two seated yellow people in red ink facing each other on top of a yellow background on a white sheet of paper.


The Bower

Brunswick Park



Rosa-Johan Uddoh

Practice Makes Perfect

Book Launch

Wednesday 13 July 2022

6-9pm, The Bower, SE5 7RH
Free, all welcome

We are excited to host a book launch for Practice Makes Perfect by Rosa-Johan Uddoh, co-published by Book Works and Focal Point Gallery in association with Bluecoat Gallery and The Bower. Comprising of new writing and works drawn from, and a part of, Uddoh's 2021 exhibition at Focal Point Gallery, Practice Makes Perfect focuses on themes of radical self-love, inspired by black feminist practice and writing.

Please join us for drinks and a second chance to experience Uddoh's recent exhibition at The Bower, Una's Voice, which will reopen for the evening of the book launch. Read more about Una's voice here. Practice Makes Perfect  by Rosa-Johan Uddoh, designed by Rose Nordin, is available to preorder from Book Works here and copies will be available on the night at a special launch price.

Rosa-Johan Uddoh is an interdisciplinary artist working towards radical self-love. She is inspired by Black feminist practice and writing. Through performance, writing and multi-media installation, she explores places, objects and celebrities in British popular culture, and their effects on self-formation. Collaboration is key to her work, often working together with children, activists and other artists to explore themes that impact our communities and share knowledge. Uddoh is a lecturer in Performance at Central Saint Martins. She was a finalist for Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2021, Liverpool Biennial and John Moores Univerity Fellow 2018-2019 and the Stuart Hall Library Resident for 2020. She was a Sarabande: Lee Alexander Mc Queen Scholar. 

Previous solo presentations include: ‘Practice Makes Perfect’, Focal Point Gallery, touring to Bluecoat, Liverpool (2021), ‘”She is still alive!”’, Destiny’s (Oslo, 2020),  ‘Studies for Impartiality’, Jupiter Woods and ‘Sphinx at the Crystal Palace’, Black Tower Projects (both London, 2019). Group shows include: ‘Brand New Heavies’, Pioneer Works (New York, 2021), ‘Learning by Doing’, 68 Institute (Copenhagen, 2019), New Contemporaries (London & Liverpool 2018) and ‘Black Blossoms’, The Royal Standard (Liverpool, 2017). Recently she has screened work at East London Cable’s ‘TV Dinners E03’ at Tate Modern, 2019.