crazinisT artisT

Works

crazinisT artisT, Rituals of Becoming, Gallery 1957, 2017, photo Dennis Akuoku-Frimpong

 

crazinisT artisT (b.1981) is a Ghanaian-Togolese multidisciplinary artist living and working in Ghana. His work explores the relationship between politics, identity and gender constructs through immersive performances. Using his body as a material, crazinisT artist seeks to provoke his audience to question their own sense of identity and belonging, creating indecisive moments that blur the lines between public and private space.

Since 2013, he began investigating the concept of social constructs in relation to cultural and gender stereotypes. At the root of this work the artist seeks to express an unconditional love for humanity, regardless of one’s cultural background, pushing his audience to question the social-cultural structures that divide us. Shedding light on the experiences of the marginalised, themes injustice, violence, and the objectification of humans, are confronted in boldly political terms. In this sense, the artist uses his body as a canvas into which he is able to project the fears, desires and hopes of many marginalized citizens within contemporary society.

Staged at Gallery 1957, “Rituals of Becoming” included a site-specific installation, photography and video, as well as a live performance. In a special room, called “The Red Sanctuary”, the artist performed his “Becoming” for the whole duration of the exhibition. The show staged the artist’s work in a theatrical setting that highlights the ritualistic dimension of his performances. By simultaneously projecting recorded performances as well as a live performance, the exhibition questions the assumed distinction between real and virtual, gender identity, class privilege, political injustice, violence and objectification of humans

CV

Born 1981, Ho, Volta Region, Ghana

Lives and works in Kumasi, Ghana

Education

2014 - present

  • M.F.A. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, Kumasi

2011 - 2014

  • B.F.A. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, Kumasi

Exhibitions and performances

2017

  • Wata Mata, Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Accra
  • Rituals of Becoming, curated by Maria Rus Bojan, Gallery 1957

2016

  • BONE Performance Festival, Progr - Zentrum für Kulturproduktion, Bern
  • The Basement at City Screen, York
  • Cornfields in Accra, National Museum of Science and Technology, Accra
  • if you love me…, Loco Shed, Kumasi

2015

  • The Gown Must Go To Town…, National Museum of Science and Technology, Accra
  • Silence Between the Lines, Prime Motors Ltd., Kumasi
  • The Return of the Slaves, Elmina Castle, Elmina
  • Protest Exhibition, Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg
  • TERRITOIRE DE CRÉATION 5ieme edition, Lome
  • African Electronics, Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Accra

2014

  • KNUST End of Year Exhibition, Nubuke Foundation, Accra

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