Adebunmi Gbadebo

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Adebunmi creates sculptures, prints, and paper using historical and cultural imbued materials. Currently focused on her “True Blue and Land for Sale” series, Adebunmi investigates the complexities around land, erasure, and value in the American south. Born in New Jersey and based between Newark and Philadelphia, Adebunmi earned her BFA at the School of Visual Arts, NY.

Gbadebo’s work is included in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, and the Newark Museum of Art. Gbadebo’s work has been presented in numerous exhibitions in the United States, Asia, and Europe, including the Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh; 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London; Untitled Art Fair, Miami; Rutgers University, New Jersey; College of Saint Elizabeth, New Jersey; amongst others.

In 2019 Adebunmi participated in the museum exhibition Mapping Black Identities, organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She has been written about in numerous notable publications some including The New York Times, Hyperallergic, and Afropunk. She has also been broadcasted internationally in the U.K. and Nigeria and has given talks at the Museum of the African Diaspora and the Newark Museum.

Adebunmi is currently serving as the research and community engagement apprentice for Architect, Nina Cook John the designer and architect of Newark’s newly commissioned Harriet Tubman Monument to replace a statue of Christopher Columbus that once stood at Washington Park.

Adebunmi is currently represented by Claire Oliver Gallery, Harlem, NY.

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