Godfried Donkor

Works

Godfried Donkor, Collage work from 'The First Day of the Yam Custom 1817', Copyright the artist, and courtesy Gallery 1957, Accra

 

Godfried Donkor is a British-Ghanaian mixed-media artist interested in the socio-historical relationships of Africa and Europe.

Born in Kumasi, Ghana in 1964, Donkor left at the age of eight, growing up between Spain and England before completing a BA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London and an MA in African Art History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.

Donkor’s work is included in international collections such as: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Smithsonian Museum of African Art - Washington D.C; Studio Museum, Harlem; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Spanish Sports Council Collection; National Collection of Senegal; University of Helsinki; and National Gallery of Botswana.

Selected group and solo exhibitions include: David Adjaye: Making Memory, Design Museum, London (2019);The First Day of the Yam Custom: 1817, Gallery 1957, Accra (2017); Afriques Capitales, Parc de la Villiette, Paris (2017); and Still the Barbarians, EVA International Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick (2016).

He lives and works across London, UK and Accra, Ghana.

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Born 1964, Kumasi, Ghana

Lives and works in London, UK

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2019 - Upcoming

  • Working title: Battle Royale: Last Man Standing, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana, 24 August - 5 October

2017

  • The First Day of the Yam Custom: 1817, curated by Koyo Kouoh, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana

2011

  • People of Utopia, Artco gallery, London

2010

  • The fives court, Fred Gallery, London

2009

  • The Olympians and Muses, Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Story of a London township, Space, London, UK

2008

  • State of the Union, T1 + 2 Gallery, London, UK
  • Once upon a time in the west, there was lace, Wollaton Hall Nottingham, UK

2007

  • Financial Times, Gorre Festival, Gorre Island, Senegal
  • Abolition 07, Hackney Museum, London , UK

2006

  • The Sable Venus and the Black Madonna, Gallerie 23, Amsterdam, Holland
  • Jamestown Masquerade, Walsh metal works, St Croix, USVI

2005

  • Concerto in light and Darkness no 1, National Museum, Ghana

2004

  • Godfried Donkor, Pascal Polar Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2004

  • Financial Times, Ecole Regionale des beaux Artes, Nantes, France

2003

  • The Fancy, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London, UK
  • Godfried Donkor, Recent works, The Scene Gallery, NY, USA

2002

  • Godfried Donkor, Albrecht Durer Kunstverein, Nuremberg, Germany

2001

  • Handel and Hogarth at Vauxhall pleasure gardens, St Peters Church, London, UK
  • Artists in Residence exhibition, IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden

2000

  • Whose Africa, Horniman Museum, London, UK
  • Wrestling and Mysticism, Dak’Art 2000, Dakar, Senegal

1999

  • Slave to Champ, E M A C A, Nottingham, UK

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2019

  • David Adjaye: Making Memory, Design Museum, London, UK

2018

  • African Metropolis: An Imaginary City, MAXXI, Rome, Italy

2017

  • Afriques Capitales, Parc de la Villiette, Paris, France

2016

  • Still the Barbarians, EVA International Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick, Ireland

2015

  • Streamlines, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany

2014-2016

  • Conversations: African and African American artworks in Dialogue, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, USA

2014-2015

  • Speaking of people, Ebony, Jet and contemporary Art, Studio Museum, Harlem, USA

2014-2015

  • How far how near, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland

2013

  • Hollandaise, Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal

2012

  • Cologne Paper Art, Cologne, Germany
  • Aus Afrika,Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie. Essen, Germany
  • Hollandaise, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Holland
  • Black Germany, Haus de Kunst, Munich, Germany
  • Boxe, Fondation Blachere, Apt, France
  • Moving into space: Football and Art in West Africa, National Museum of Football, Manchester, UK
  • Gold, Museum Belvedere, Austria
  • 28 days: Reimagining black history month, J M .Barnicke gallery/Georgia Scherman projects, Toronto, Canada

2011

  • Interpretations of Africa, football and design, Design Museum, UK
  • Alias, Krakaw Photomonth, Krakaw, Poland
  • Art on Poetry, Saison Poetry Library, South Bank, London, UK
  • 'as it is ', Africa Applauded, Mojo Gallery, Dubai

2010

  • III World festival of Black arts and Cultures, Dakar, Senegal
  • Space and Currencies, Museum of Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009

  • Landfall, Docklands Museum, London, UK

2007-2008

  • Trade Winds, Docklands Museum, London , UK
  • Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery, The Whitworth Art Gallery , UK

2004

  • Pin Up, Tate Modern, London, UK

Collections

  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • Studio Museum, Harlem
  • Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
  • Spanish Sports Council Collection
  • National Collection of Senegal
  • Smithsonian Museum of African Art - Washington D.C.
  • The World Bank Collection, Washington D.C
  • ArtOmi international artist collection
  • Unilever Collection
  • University of Helsinki
  • National Gallery of Botswana

Education

1994 – 1995

  • School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK
  • M. A. African Art History

1991 - 1992

  • Escolla Massana, c/ Hospital, Barcelona, Spain
  • Fine Art Painting Post Graduate Studies

1984 - 1989

  • Central St Martins College of Art, London, UK
  • B. A. Hons Fine Art

News

Publications

Godfried Donkor, The First Day of the Yam Custom: 1817, 2017

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Godfried Donkor, People of Utopia, 2011

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