- Kwame Aidoo
In a global environment that is culturally diverse, technologically progressive, and multifaceted, it is important to take note of local artists. Ghana boasts hundreds of prolific talents who use unique methods. In no particular order, we take a look at 10 top creators and their art:
Born in 1987 and based in Tamale, Ibrahim Mahama conceives large-scale installations. He likes to use old jute sacks, which were previously used to transport cocoa beans and charcoal, stitching them together and draping them over architectural units. His most recent piece is a monumental sculpture of stacked ‘shoeshine’ boxes, pointing to the recurring themes of national decay and collapse. The artist’s work was included in the 2015 Venice Biennale. Mahama explains that the hope is that objects’ ‘residues – stained, broken and abandoned, but bearing light – might lead us into new possibilities and spaces beyond.’
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Social dissipation and commodification of all things African spark inquiries conceptualized through “West African traditions, spirituality, the thread of family lineage as they relate to self authorship and the politics of hybrid identity” in Zohra Opoku’s work. She is a German/Ghanaian multidisciplinary artist living and working in Accra using textiles, design, installation, sculpture and photography. Her work has been exhibited in Capetown, Lagos and Hamburg, among other places.
Bernard Akoi-Jackson is an artist and writer indulging in a continually dynamic process through “ephemeral, make-shift memorials and performative rituals of the mundane.” He employs dance, poetry, installation, photography and video to navigate personal and collective history. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Painting and Sculpture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. His work has been presented in Ghana, the Netherlands, South Africa, India, Nigeria, Portugal and Germany .