The Foundation for Contemporary Art – Ghana [FCA-Ghana], Fihankra Review and The Studio Accra invite you to an Art and Thought Conversation with Fred E. Okai and Abbey IT-A.
Date: Thursday September 15, 2022.
Venue: Foundation for Contemporary Art – Ghana, W.E.B. DuBois Centre, Accra.
From Clay to Play – Forging Forms through Associations
Fred investigates the material cultures of pottery practices in Ghana and researches the ways in which these functional objects or artefacts knit into the complex lives of those who make them, as well as those who use them. He then extends them in an experimental art practice where the objects become new things, à la bricolage.
In this conversation, he seeks to share his artistic journey, and the immense possibilities that lie ahead using the synergy of experimentation and associations. The discussions will mostly be focused on two solo exhibitions; Light Soup (2021) and Earthy Structures and Contingent Breakthroughs (2022).
Frederick Ebenezer Okai (b. 1986), is an artist based in Kumasi and Sunyani, Ghana. On one hand, Okai’s interest in clay as primary medium leads him to a practice that enhances the profound plastic possibilities of the material. On the other hand, he pays attention to its paradoxical susceptibility to ephemerality and permanence.
Okai is a lecturer at the Department of Visual and Industrial Art, Sunyani Technical University, and Ph.D candidate at the Department of Painting & Sculpture, KNUST.