Zohra Opoku’s art deals with notions of identity. Drawing on her German/ Ghanaian heritage as well as a range of mediums including textiles, photography, film, fashion and performance, her output reimagines African symbols, traditions and style resources in familiar yet challenging contexts. Her aim is to refocus colonial history via a “black present” that challenges stereotypes about African culture.
Opoku is supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana, represented by Gallery Peter Herrmann and has worked with Danish designer Henrik Vibskov. In 2013 alone she has exhibited in Cape Town, Berlin, Addis Ababa, Lagos and Hamburg and has plans for a sight specific installation throughout her hometown of Accra in 2014.
For KISUA, Opoku delves into her archive to hand pick images reminiscent of Tae Afrika’s open back white cotton dress. This garment’s pure lines and individuality are akin to the artist’s own abstract, bold and richly textured aesthetic.
The second in this two part series of Opoku’s inspirations is coming soon to KISUA….
Images: Zohra Opoku