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Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh espouses a politically indifferent approach to his practice. Adopting blaxTARLINES KUMASI’s twenty-first century emancipatory ideas for artistic praxis— a conception of art paradoxically emerging from a multiplicity and a void with neither content nor prejudice for any particular style, medium, process, trend, etc— Ohene-Ayeh recognizes writing and curating as necessary extra-artistic roles that enable him to critically respond to concerns related to the Ghanaian art scene in conversation with global matters. He actively writes and publishes texts on http://www.iubeezy.wordpress.com. He permanently works, in a curatorial capacity, with blaxTARLINES KUMASI – the project space and contemporary art incubator at the Department of Painting and Sculpture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST). He is co-editor of the monograph “Ibrahim Mahama Exchange-Exchanger (1957-2057)” published by Buchhandlung Walther König on the occasion of Mahama’s participation in documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel (2017). Ohene-Ayeh was guest curator for the inaugural Lagos Biennial, “Living on the Edge” (2017). In 2018 he curated “Spectacles. Speculations…” in Kumasi (Ghana), an exhibition featuring fifteen artists from Africa, Latin America and Europe. He has recently been awarded the Grant of KFW Stiftung “Curators in Residence: Curating Connections” (2018/19) in collaboration with DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program and is currently a PhD Studio (Painting & Sculpture) candidate at KNUST.
This April, ICI organizes the inaugural Curatorial Intensive in Accra, Ghana, in collaboration with Foundation for Contemporary Art–Ghana (FCA).read more »
Curatorial Intensive alum Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh discusses his practice in the context of Ghana’s contemporary art scene.read more »