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Bobby Benjamin returns with his first solo exhibition in three years. GIBBO IS GOD will take place at ARC Stockton and sees the Middlesbrough artist and Pineapple Black co-curator present a collection of over 30 previously unseen works, exploring themes key to his life such as class and place, and is the first of a three-part exhibition across three venues throughout 2021.

GIBBO IS GOD is being co-curated by award winning artist and Picasso Baby co-curator John James Perangie and will delve into the visual language and cultural currency of poverty by presenting an idiosyncratic response to his lived experiences while also paying homage to some of his favourite pieces of graffiti from across the region.

The artist has said of the exhibition: “My intention for this collection is to attempt to reconcile two very different worlds – the one in which I live and the one in which I exhibit. The exhibition explores serious themes that affect my life and many of those around me but is also reflective of my own attitude towards them. It is a uniquely human trait to be able to laugh through tragedy and I think this exhibition tackles prevalent issues but not without a sense of humour.”

Bobby Benjamin exhibits GIBBO IS GOD from Friday 2nd July-Saturday 7th August at ARC, Stockton

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