By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
Artworks by Esinam Damalie, Bernice Ameyaw, Yussif Mussah, Rufai Zakari, Winfred Nana Amoah and complimented by writings / doodling by poet Jo Nketia are currently on display at the Nubuke Foundation in Accra.
The untitled show carry elements of sobriety, audacity, insouciance, hope and vivacious vibes while reflecting personal anxieties, fleeting relationships, rooted connectedness as well as chance encounters with diverse personalities.
Linked by dreams, ambitions and fears – the works, which were created through vivid assemblages from medical texts, money transfer cards, fabrics, water and food wrappers together with their contexts, histories and narratives – generate an easy connection between the viewer and the artworks.
Inspired by hair salon aesthetics, sculptures by Damalie are fashioned out of techniques of craftsmanship. Using human hair and elastic materials among others, the artist produces intimate pieces through a long, laborious process of weaving.
Ameyaw’s work extend the limitations placed on disused everyday objects, which she collects from various parts of the country. These substances are then refashioned through various processes including assemblage and welding thereby producing artworks that simply engage observers.
A Hohoe based artist, Amoah employs the use of textiles, used phone cards, plastic bags and others to explore personal identities and community belonging within the Ghanaian contemporary context. Indeed, his mixed media works depict scenes from the Volta regional town, where he lives.
Working in Kumasi, Yussif uses Islamic and Sirigu patterns alongside charcoal, pastel and metallic paints. He creates fictional narratives related to the idea of death, anxiety and fear that are influenced by movies, books and real-life events.
Sharing his practice between Accra and Bawku, Zakari examines consumerism, environmental pollution, labour, trade and the perils of industrialization in the contemporary Ghanaian society. He uses discarded objects including plastic bags / bottles and food packages.
Nubuke Foundation is a private visual arts and cultural institution based in Accra and serves as a nexus for arts and culture across the country. It equally supports the artistic practice of Ghanaians with various programmes including exhibitions, art talks, seminars and workshops while providing spaces for drama, poetry, music and film collaborations.
The exhibition ends on Friday October 2, 2020.