Guillaume Vandame (b. 1991, New York) is a French-American artist and writer based in London, often collaborating with Josh Wright as part of the socially engaged artist collective, Wright & Vandame.
As an interdisciplinary artist, Vandame is interested in expanding ideas of language and meaning through a conceptual, queer, and socially engaged aesthetic, especially the subjects of HIV/AIDS, queer intimacy and desire, and post-gay identity. His practice resists categorisation and includes playful readymade sculptures, participatory art, text, and video to digital paintings combining drawing, printmaking, and traditional painting to boldly capture the human spirit as something intimate, tender, melancholic and destructive.
Vandame has become increasingly interested in pop culture and art history through a queer perspective, subverting or “re-writing” these established, heteronormative hierarchies through his art and positioning queer subject matter and ephemera at the heart of his work and trying to elevate this aesthetic which has historically been perceived as less-than, marginalised, and other.
He is currently focused on the changing representation and perception of gay and queer people in society today and how this relates to post-gay theory. He has responded to these issues with a new aesthetic described as "non-representational gay art", perhaps pointing to its dissolution or transcendence. something self-defining, sublime and beyond words.
Vandame has shown his art internationally in London, Luxembourg, and Copenhagen, among other cities. In 2019, he presented his first public art work commissioned by Sculpture in the City for Nocturnal Creatures in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery, London and he received an a-n bursary to support research in homoeroticism, queer theory, printmaking, and scent. He will have a forthcoming exhibition nightsweats at SET Bermondsey, London between 24 August and 6 September 2020. He recently started a campaign across the U.K. for the public to submit their discarded NHS Rainbow artworks through the end of December 2020.
With Josh Wright, he has shown at fig-2 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Chi-Wen Gallery, Taiwan; Gazelli Art House, London; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Photofusion, London; and recently at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. They were selected as Artists-in-Residence for Open House with Kettle’s Yard between 2019 and 2020.