In his exhibition, Thanks for Having Me, Ganjei reflects on vignettes from his life and career as an artist. He has re-staged the market stalls that he began selling his work from; a means of sharing his work that Ganjei has outgrown, and yet can’t let go of. The deferential title of his exhibition, Thanks for Having Me, reflects back on a life of operating on the margins and never quite being sure where he belongs.

Ganjei has a longstanding connection with the Bluecoat, having designed a commission for the building’s revamped Hub space back in 2021.

London based artist Babak Ganjei graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins in 2001. Since then he has been working independently as an artist, playing in bands (Absentee, Wet Paint), writing comic books (Hilarious Consequences, Early Learnings, Twit), hosting regular radio show “Hot Mess” on NTS radio and making comedy shorts that have played on Channel 4.

In 2014 Babak sold a set of twigs from his neighbourhood on eBay for £62. He has turned books by Jeremy Clarkson, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump into works of blackout poetry, and tried to sell a painting of his credit card back to Barclays for the value of the debt. It didn’t work but he made a “friend”.

Event Date: Friday 9th February 2024 - Sunday 14th April 2024

Categories: Arts | exhibition | Free

Contact Details: The Bluecoat, Tel: 0151 702 5324

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