Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks

Amoako Boafo | Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Soul of Black Folks is the debut solo museum exhibition in the United States for the Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo . The show is a presentation of over 30 works created between 2016–2022, channeled from the Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD). The subjects featured in Boafo's paintings represent the nuance and complexities of Black life globally. Boafo creates images that actively center Black subjectivity, Black joy, the Black gaze, and radical care as a foundational framework for his artistic practice. Variables such as COVID-19, the contestant resistance against systemic oppression, the active combatting of Anti-Black rhetoric and commodification of Black bodies in the media are some of the concerns that heighten this exhibition urgency and relevance.


Soul of Black Folks is a timely exploration into the varying strategies that Boafo employs within his practice that capture the essence of the Black figure. The crux of his work is a high-stakes interest in investigating the relationship between the self, representation, and history...


Exhibition Dates: May 27 –October 2, 2022

Mars 15, 2022