Zohra Opoku (born in 1976, German and Ghanaian, lives and works in Accra) examines the politics of personal identity formation through historical, cultural, and socio-economic influences, particularly in the context of contemporary Ghana.

 

Opoku's explorations have been mostly through the lens of her camera; Her photography is expressed through screen-printing and alternative photo processing on varieties of natural fabrics. While her work relays social commentary and broadly relevant themes around the human experience, each of Zohra’s explorations is intimately rooted in personal identity politics. She repeatedly integrates family heirlooms and her own self-image into her visual observations of Ghana’s cultural memory.

 

She was a 2020 artist in residence at Black Rock Dakar, Senegal and has exhibited internationally with Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Chicago, Paris), Sean Kelly (NYC), Museum for Photography (Chicago),The Cleveland Museum of Art, Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos, Gallery 1957 (Accra), !Kauru African Contemporary Art (Johannesburg), Kunsthaus Hamburg, Musée de l'Ethnographie (Bordeaux), Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao), Kunsthal (Rotterdam), Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, Southbank Centre / Hayward Gallery (London), SAVVY Contemporary Berlin and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (Germany). Her work is collected by renowned institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic Collection, Faurschou Foundation, Royal Museum of Ontario, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, CCS Bard College Hessel Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and most recently the Tate Modern.

 

Opoku has exhibited in the 2022 Dak’Art, and will participate in the 2023 Sharjah Biennale.