Peter Spanjer


Peter Spanjer is a Nigerian artist, born in Bremen, Germany and currently working and living in London. His work is often framed around the idea of resistance; resisting the emotional stereotypes put on black men; resisting the need to perform blackness to others and allowing room for self exploration which he extends to an audience as a piece of visual art.

Spanjer’s work often contains layers of sensuality and sexuality, as well a certain softness and vulnerability. This can be traced to his personal battles with breaking away from strict gender roles within a black household.

In many ways, his aim is to confront his own sensitivities, often the research is based on self evaluation; trying to dismantle narratives which have been planted and may still be growing. Whilst challenging an internalised belief system, equally he tries to pull apart ‘ideas of blackness’ within the current art sphere.

Key facts

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  • MA in Contemporary Art Practice: Moving Image, Royal College of Art, London, UK (2020)
  • BA in Fashion Promotion, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, UK (2015)
  • Solo Exhibitions include ‘The Tingle That You Feel on Your Tongue’, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK
  • Group exhibitions include ‘pressing’, Division of Labour, Online Exhibition (2020), ‘Tomorrow: London’, White Cube, Online Exhibition, ‘Royal College of Art / Slade Graduation Show’, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2020), ‘An Exhibition’, Public Notice, London, UK (2020), ‘London Grads Now’, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2020), ’20:20′, Moving Image shown at Piccadilly Lights, Circa, London, UK (2020), ‘Resisting The Trouble: Moving Images in Times of Crisis’, Lo Schermo Dell’arte, Florence, Italy (2019), ‘A—-Z: Gaze on the UNKNOWN’, Mimosa House, London, UK, ‘Togetherness’, Assembly Point, London, UK, ‘A—-Z: Gaze on the UNKNOWN’, PAF Festival, Olomouc, Czech Republic