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Gasworks presents the first solo exhibition of London based artist Harold Offeh. The exhibition will present several new works together with a selection of existing pieces.

Working in video and animation, Offeh explores matters of desire, identity, and the stereotyping of race within the framework of everyday life and popular culture. His work questions and challenges how typecast identities are spread through popular mediums like film and television.

Offeh's recent works includes a video titled Unfulfilled Desires, where clips of seemingly random, everyday events follow each other. The camera's intense focus on these incidental occurrences translates them into dramas and these insignificant moments that otherwise would be unnoticed become magnified into intense, melodramatic situations.

For Gasworks, Offeh presents a new animation, Illegal Alien Invaders, a computer game which visitors to the gallery are invited to play. The player assumes the identity of an asylum seeker facing a range of challenges to gain citizenship. The exhibition also includes the celebrated video Smile, 2001, where Offeh has filmed himself holding a smile for the duration of Nat King Cole's song with the same title. He starts off with a sincere smile, but soon the face is strained with pain by the efforts to keep on smiling.

Harold Offeh graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2001 and has previously participated in numerous group exhibitions including Life. A User's Manual, the Baltic Sea Arts Centre Gdansk, Poland, 2001; New Contemporaries, Camden Arts Centre, London and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland 2001; Juncture, The Granary, Cape Town, South Africa and Studio Voltaire, London; Headrush and Beck's Futures both at the ICA, London in 2000.