A Dialogue of Art and Curation
“Embark on a captivating journey through the realm of artistic expression as we delve into the multifaceted facets of our individual art practices and the meticulous curation that brings them together in a harmonious symphony.
“This talk serves as a gateway to explore the intricacies of our exhibition, ‘Greater Than Less Than (><) CLOUD 9’ curated by Rosemary Esinam Damalie, where diverse artistic voices converge to create a collective narrative. Join us in unraveling the threads that weave through the exhibition, transcending individual perspectives to form a cohesive and immersive artistic experience. Through insightful discussions on our creative processes, the exhibited artworks, and the thoughtfully curated spaces, we aim to foster a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness between art and curation, inviting the audience to engage with the profound beauty that emerges from the collaboration of distinct artistic visions.”
Jeffrey Otoo (b. 1994 Accra, Ghana) lives and works in Ghana. The Central Idea in his work is bringing ideas and images from different cultures and societies to create narratives around humanity, power and technology. He works in a variety of different media ranging from fashion, painting, installation and sculpture. He has participated in international exhibitions such as the Documenta 15 in Kassel Germany 2022, Stellenbosch Triennale in 2020 South Africa, ARX Africa kunst museum Germany, and Baitball Italy 2019. His solo exhibitions include ‘93 till infinity’ (2021) Great Hall Kumasi, Sanguine Paradise (2019) Kumasi, Alt Carbon (2018) Accra, ‘These are the games we play’ (2022) Accra. Jeffrey Otoo was shortlisted for the kuenyehia art prize 2023. He is a member of the Asafo black collective and the blaxtarlines collective. He has also been featured in numerous art articles such as The New York times 2020, something we Africans got 2020. He attained a bachelor in fine arts degree and a Masters degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Joseph K. Awumee (b. 1998 Tema, Ghana) is a visionary Ghanaian artist known for exploring profound themes such as life, death, time, love, and isolation in his captivating work. His unique approach is evident in the surreal art he creates, utilizing primarily photography and metal panels to convey intricate details and textures that imbue his pieces with an ethereal quality.
With a B.A in Industrial Arts, specializing in Metal Product Design from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Joseph has honed his skills and techniques to manifest his artistic vision. His preferred medium shifted from aluminum to galvanized steel panels, a change rooted in the distinctive finish and ready availability of the latter, leading to a constant journey of learning and experimentation.
Joseph’s embrace of imperfections in his practice becomes apparent in his use of a translucent automotive paint, allowing grind marks on the metal sheets to shine through. This meticulous process results in visually stunning patterns that define his artistic style.