David Blandy (UK associate) has a multi-disciplinary practice that uses performance, video, installation, role play and collaboration to deconstruct and reimagine our relationship to the world. Making links between geopolitics, the struggle of decolonisation, the ecological crisis and the self in an age of digital dematerialisation, his work takes a playful approach to lure the viewer into structural and personal analysis.

As a UK associate at Delfina Foundation as part of The Politics of Food programme in Autumn 2022, David will be exploring his familial link to colonial food production as an attempt to consolidate authority. His paternal grandfather was part of the Swynnerton Plan in the 1950s, a British Government scheme to gain favour with the Black middle class in Kenya, social engineering through agriculture. For the past few years he has been experimenting with the form of group world building, using voice, writing and drawing to imagine new worlds and societal systems collaboratively.

From 20 September to 2 October 2022 as the culmination of his residency at Towner Eastbourne, UK, David will present his research into the relationship between food production and weapons development, space exploration and the climate crisis. The Edge of Forever will continue to be developed for a solo exhibition at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton in 2023.

David has been nominated for the Film London Jarman award with Larry Achiampong in 2018. He has exhibited and performed at venues nationally and internationally, including as Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Art Tower Mito, Tokyo; Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki; Tate Modern, London; The Baltic, Gateshead; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Spike Island, Bristol; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany; MoMA PS1, New York, and JSC Düsseldorf, Germany.

David is represented by Seventeen Gallery, London. His films are distributed by LUX, London.

David Blandy was born in London, UK and is now based on the South coast in Brighton, UK.


Gaia Art Foundation


The Politics of Food:
Season 5


Autumn 2022




Please note all artist-in-residence biographies are accurate at the time of their residency. For up-to-date bios please visit the artist’s website.