Experiences

Rashid Johnson - Antoine's Organ (2016)

Garden of Earthly Delights

We live in challenging times nowadays. The world somehow seems to separate itself into two distinct political spheres. Nationalists are claiming their "God-given" right to protect their home, properties and fatherland. On the other hand, there are lots of people fighting for a more diverse and cosmopolitan society, a better future for everyone, to mitigate climate change, promote fair trade and freedom for all. I count myself among the latter group of people. Therefore, I truly enjoyed the "Garden of Earthly Delights" show at Gropius Bau Berlin.
By .kojo Adumatta
October 2019
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Ai Weiwei - Laundromat (2016)

Ai Weiwei at K20 & K21 - Where is the Revolution?

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child", Pablo Picasso once said. We are in the middle of September, and it took me quite a long time to write about my experience at K20 and K21 in Düsseldorf, Germany. So I decided to write about my approach towards art and exhibitions in reference to Ai Weiwei's show at K20 and K21. Pablo Picasso's quote entirely fits my way of exploring shows – especially the second part.
By .kojo Adumatta
September 2019
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Street Dreams - How Hiphop took over Fashion at Kunsthal Rotterdam

Democratic and Direct – Contemporary Art in Dutch Art Institutions

Do other cities function differently? Does time flow faster or slower there? Do interactions take place under different conditions? Sure. And just as much, the approach to contemporary art is influenced by the environment it finds itself in, in each of those different cities or cultures.
By Emma Luz Philipp
September 2019
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El Anatsui - Triumphant Scale at Haus der Kunst

El Anatsui - Triumphant Scale (Haus der Kunst)

I once watched a movie where a journalist asked a drug addict why taking drugs is such a habit and why he could not stop. The man answered by saying that he is continuously trying to catch the very first feeling he felt when taking it for the first time. Now, this might not be an appropriate anecdote to start a review of El Anatsui's craftmanship. However, that is how it felt - because his creations always produce that first-time, "took-a-hit-and-was-hooked" fascination.
By .kojo Adumatta
July 2019
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El Anatsui - Earth Shedding Its Skin (2019)

Ghana Freedom - Venice Biennale

You could witness the silence and excitement in the air. I guess the installation captured the audience because it touches on universal emotions that concerns all of us. Shame, grief, sorrow, anxiety, joy and pleasure, hope, desire and aspiration all at once, so it seemed. I sat there in the room and could not even capture what I was feeling.
By .kojo Adumatta
June 2019
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Adam Peldleton at Galerie Max Hetzler

Who We Are ("Crazy Nigger")

Adam Pendelton, I personally never heard of him, never seen any work by him and never would have suspected his works to be shown at the Gallery Weekend 2019 in Berlin. The Pendleton exhibition at Galerie Max Hetzler is one of my highlights during the Gallery Weekend in the African Diasporan context.
By .kojo Adumatta
May 2019
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Musee d'Orsay Entrance

Black Models (Modèle Noire) - from Géricault to Matisse

Black Models, images and perceptions of black people in the western art world after the transatlantic slave trade to modern day. The exhibition in Parisian Musee d'Orsay was a challenging one. It triggered ambivalent feelings in both my heart and my head.
By .kojo Adumatta
April 2019
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