AnTC – Naa Teki Lebar & Abbey IT-A

‘On Seeing and Looking Back’

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Foundation for Contemporary Art (FCA) – Ghana
W.E.B. DuBois Centre for Pan African Culture, 1st Circular Rd, Cantonments – Accra

Naa Teki Lebar is a visual artist exploring connections between personal narratives and the intricate web of broader social and political mechanisms. In her work, the gaze emerges as a central arena for negotiating power discourses, social significance, belonging and identity. The artist’s own experience of multiple cultures informs her praxis and is a point of departure in which photography, text, and installations intertwine to become mediums of reflection, narration, exploration, assertion, and care. 

In this conversation, moderated by Abbey IT-A, Naa Teki seeks to share key themes of her artistic journey and muses on topics of seeing – being seen and feeling seen – of unlearning viewpoints, of using photography as an instrument for self-knowledge, and of art as a practice of becoming.

Naa Teki Lebar earned a BA in Fine Art and a postgraduate degree in Photography from the University of the Arts London. She also studied Creative Writing (Sprachkunst) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and gained an MA in German Philology, where she focused her research on feminist perspectives in Austrian literature. Additionally, she holds a diploma in artistic photography from Schule Friedl Kubelka.

She is a recent recipient of the Start grant for emerging artistic photographers by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service, and Sports. In 2019, she was shortlisted for the Wolf Suschitzky Photography Prize of the Austrian Cultural Forum London. Alongside her individual practice, she is a co-founder and member of the feminist screenwriters collective Spreiz.