For the past two weeks, Ghanaian artist Patrick Quarm has been making a huge career move.
He has been welcoming guests to his first solo exhibition in New York.
The “Patrick Quarm: Salvaged Imperial” art exhibition at Albertz Benda, New York opened on September 4 and it will close on October 3.
Patrick Quarm earned his MFA in Texas before returning to Ghana, where he lives and works.
The title of the exhibition was derived from Quarm’s practice of ‘collecting memories,’ which he refers to as salvaging: gathering his father’s stories of growing up in postcolonial Ghana, and accumulating his own experiences as a young man navigating multiple cultural and social spheres between Africa and the United States.
‘Imperial’ is a term the artist uses to describe his hybrid protagonists—constantly adapting, merging, and evolving throughout time and history.”
In the Ghanaian-based artist’s first New York solo show, Patrick Quarm literally weaves together aspects of his identity and experience as a Black man living in Africa and in the United States, artnet website writes about Patrick’s exhibition.
The works are sculptural tapestries made from layers of paint and textiles; from the side, two distinct canvases are visible, while from the front, a singular cohesive image emerges.
Quarm also uses African wax prints in his work, alluding to the complicated history of the fabric and its Dutch colonial legacy.
“My task or my duty as an artist is to strip each layer after the other to bring clarity, to understand the past and how the past shapes the present,” the artist writes.
See some of Patrick’s works below:
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