Zohra Opoku (b. 1976, German/Ghanaian; based 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. She repeatedly integrates family heirlooms and her own self-image into her visual observations of Ghana’s cultural memory. Her practice centers around textiles and traditional Ghanaian dress codes, which have been an inherent part of the country’s identity and industry throughout West Africa’s complex history.
She was a 2020 artist in residence at Black Rock in Dakar, Senegal and has exhibited internationally at the Nubuke Foundation, Centre for Contemporary Art, !Kauru Contemporary Art from Africa, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Broad Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Southbank Centre Hayward Gallery and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
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, and most recently the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The artist will have a solo exhibition with the gallery (Chicago) in Spring 2022.