This weekend is a very long one starting from today Thursday to Monday. You can’t be home all weekend watching Netflix and chilling with your sweetone, that’s if you have one. Lets help you plan a trip to explore the buzzing art scenes in Accra. With exhibitions from three of the best Galleries in Accra, Gallery1957, Nubuke Foundation and ADA Accra.
Check out exhibitions opened this weekend and enjoy Ghanaian Contemporary Art.
Homecoming: The Aesthetic of the Cool by Amoako Boafo, Kwesi Botchway, and Otis Quaicoe
In celebration of its 5th anniversary, Gallery 1957, proudly presents the contributions of Ghana’s compelling voices in contemporary art. Homecoming: The Aesthetic of the Cool, showcases new work of Amoako Boafo, Kwesi Botchway, and Otis Quaicoe, for the first time in a group presentation, and most appropriately, in the birthplace of the artists, Accra Ghana.
Three young artists masterfully create new visions of what it means to be Black, African, and a contemporary artist in the 21st century. Boafo stands as the poetic innovator and critical groundbreaker, trailblazing for the entry of his young contemporaries: Otis Quaicoe, the elegant visionary and quotidian storyteller, and Kwesi Botchway, the romantic illusionist and regal mythmaker. All three artists were born and raised in Ghana, all educated at Ghanatta College of Art and Design in Accra, and all are ascending with unparalleled critical and commercial success at a record-breaking pace.
Suɔmɔ Hi Fe Shika by Dr. Joseph Oduro-Frimpong
Suɔmɔ Hi Fe Shika an exhibition that explores the vibrant visual pop culture including hand-painted film posters, barbering, and saloon shop signages.
The works come from the collection of Dr. Joseph Oduro-Frimpong. Artists whose works are included in this exhibition include Leonardo, Jasper, Awal among others.
Please, pre-register your attendance and come in a nose mask with a sanitiser. Suɔmɔ Hi Fe Shika on view until 17th April.
Register here Suɔmɔ Hi Fe Shika
Enter Paradise by Zandile Tshabalala, ADA Accra
Zandile Tshabalala’s latest series of paintings, titled Enter Paradise, places the Black female figure at the heart of her sensual dreamscapes:
“I have found myself engaging with the term ‘Paradise’ in a different manner, moving away from an idealized representation of ‘Paradise’ to an everyday, tangible perception of smaller ‘paradises.’ This kind of engagement required of me to apply not only full attention to my thoughts and emotions but also awareness to the moments I often overlook.”
Moving away from perceptions of the Black female figure as an inferior, undesirable symbol, the figurative canvases depict confident, steady women, controlled and empowered in their beauty, intelligence, and subtle allure, affirming ownership over their own body and sexual nature. Highly intuitive, she reimagines this fierce yet composed Black woman within the very canons of sensuality and its representation. Combining a vibrant color scheme and luxurious animal print patterns, her semi-abstract backgrounds are at one with her highly pigmented skin-toned figures as they fuse into a unique sensual dreamscape. Yet, ultimately, Tshabalala’s portraits take center stage as they powerfully and unapologetically face the viewer.
Enter Paradise is currently showing until 18th April.
Viewing by appointment only. Please email at: [email protected] to make a booking.
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