Zohra Opoku


Zohra Opoku, Alexis, 2014, Screen-print


Based in Accra, and of German and Ghanaian descent, Zohra Opoku’s versatile work expands across installation, performance and lens-based media. Opoku’s examination of textile culture considers fashion’s political, psychological and socio-cultural role in relation to both African history, and individualistic or societal identities. Zohra Opoku has a background in both fashion and photography, receiving an MA in Fashion from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in 2003.


Born 1976 Altdöbern, Former GDR

Selected Exhibitions


  • Sassa, Gallery 1957, Accra
  • Draping Histories, Kruger Gallery, Chicago
  • Africa Reframed, Øksnehallen, Copenhagen
  • Making Africa, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona
  • 49'Degrees, Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth (upcoming)
  • African Forecast, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta


  • But he doesn't have anything on, Commune.1, Capetown
  • Material Effects, The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan
  • Remember to come back, Mariane Ibrahim, Seattle
  • Future Africa: Visions in time, Iwalewahaus Bayreuth
  • Making Africa, Guggenheim Bilbao
  • Designing Futures, LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos
  • We don’t contemporary, Kampnagel Hamburg
  • Take it to the streets, Alliance Française, Accra
  • Fellowship Show, Kala Institute, Berkeley
  • PRINT, WOW, Amsterdam
  • Making Africa, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein


  • The Billboard Project, Accra
  • Magical Riso, Jan van Eyck Institute, Maastricht
  • ...Do Delay, Public show by Pick Nick, Nicosia
  • Masked/Unmasked, DAK´ART 11th Biennial, St.Louis
  • Paroles de Femmes, Alliance Française, Accra


  • Healing the environment and the creative arts symposium, Institute for African Studies, Legon
  • Virtual Material, Musée de l´Ethnographie, Bourdeaux
  • Post no bill, Solo Show, Jamestown Community Theatre Centre, Accra
  • Virtual Material, Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth
  • Attitude., Costumes & Visuals for Interactive Performance Installation Infecting the City Festival, Cape Town


  • Berlin Textures, OKK/Raum 29, Berlin
  • Sommerhängung, Gallery Peter Herrmann, Berlin
  • Attitude., Costumes & Visuals for Interactive Performance Installation by Sebastian Klemm, Kunst im Club, Stuttgart
  • Handwash Only, Gallery Peter Herrmann, Berlin


  • Pret-à-Partager, Touring Exhibition:
    Ethio Alliance Française, Addis Ababa 2012
    ifa Gallery Berlin & Stuttgart, 2012
    Nubuke Foundation Accra, 2011
    City Hall, Cape Town, 2011
    CCA, AAF & YabaTech Lagos, 2010
    Fortaleza Maputo, Maputo 2010
    Gallery Le Mànege, Dakar, 2009

Grants and Fellowships


  • ANO, artist residency, Accra
  • Sacatar, artist residency, Salvador da Bahia


  • Kala Institute, Fellowship Award, Berkeley
  • Research Residency, Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth


  • Artist Residency, Jan van Eyck Institute, Maastricht
  • Art show funding, Goethe Institute + Alliance Francaise, IFA


  • Moving Africa, Visiting grant for Salon Urbain de Douala
  • Art show funding Accra, Alliance Francaise & Goethe Institute


  • Artist Residency, Art OMI, New York


  • Pret-à-Partager, Aktion Afrika, German Cultural Fund
  • Couture Commune, Artist Residency, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart



Zohra Opoku, Sassa
Exhibition Catalogue, 2016

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