AMOAKO BOAFO
‘Detoxing Masculinity’

22nd June – 8th July 2017
WE DEY x space

‘Detoxing Masculinity’ presents the latest self-portrait series of Amoako Boafo in a solo exhibition. The artist presents works that continue the explorations and engagement with personal narratives in relation to collective histories, as well as materiality, and process. The large-scale oil paintings underline Amoako Boafo’s multifaceted references from the fields of literature, iconography and traditional painting, inspired by his personal quest to free himself from society‘s norms and limitations.

In Detoxing Masculinity the artists reflects on his religious upbringing, toxic notions of masculinity and his transformation to self-validation and becoming. While disrupting the white gaze onto his naked Black body with non-stereotypical representations of Black masculinity, the series can be read as journey, longing for self-love and self-care. Black self-love is revolutionary in a world, which still sees the Black male body as something to be consumed, to be hyper-sexualized and at the same time something to be afraid of.

Sunanda Mesquita
curator/co-founder of WE DEY

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WE DEY x space is a self – organised art space in Vienna dedicated to amplify the art and culture production of Queer/Trans*/Inter/Black People/People of Color. WE DEY aims to centre marginalised voices, perspectives, knowledge(s) and experiences from different Diasporas. WE DEY x space hosts exhibitions, workshops, kitchen table talks and film screenings around the topics of decolonial art production, community, self-care and empowerment.

11.01.2016: 19.00 Vernissage WUK Projectraum (www.wuk.at)
Währinger Str. 59, 1090 Wien
“WE DEY show” with works by Amoako Boafo, Sunanda Mesquita, Belinda Kazeem, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Stephanie Misa, Darkmatter & Xana. Live performance by XANA (UK) and Djane Chilo!!
Amoako Boafo and Sunanda Mesquita will present insights in their process of initiating the artist archive WE-DEY.IN as well as invite artists they met on the way to participate in a group exhibition.
During the kültürgemma stipendium the two artists founded- WE DEY, an online platform for contemporary arts. WE DEY means “we are” in pidgin – an appropriation of the colonial language English which is spoken in former British colonies such as Ghana, Nigeria and by the West African diaspora both on the continent and living abroad.
The artists Sunanda Mesquita and Amoako Boafo aim to portray contemporary Black Artists and Artists of Colour based in Austria and abroad, creating a platform which enables networking and exchange.

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“Photography is an opportunity for me to engage deeply with things and it leads me to where my own vulnerabilities are.”

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“As bell hooks said- theory healed me. Reading theory that is about me and that speaks to me. But from a certain point onwards it wasn’t enough for me.”

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“Photography is a possibility to concentrate on one thing, to engage in artistic research that doesn’t need to be scientific research, that let’s me think on a much broader spectrum…” 

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The full interview will be coming up very soon- keep watching this space!

WE DEY is an online platform for contemporary arts. WE DEY means “we are” in pidgin – an appropriation of the colonial language English which is spoken in former British colonies such as Ghana, Nigeria and by the West African diaspora both on the continent and living abroad.
The artists Sunanda Mesquita and Amoako Boafo aim to portray contemporary Black Artists and Artists of Colour based in Austria and abroad, creating a platform which enables networking and exchange. The platform will also provide a space to present current projects and upcoming events.

In 2014 the project was initiated by Amoako Boafo and Sunanda Mesquita and was awarded with the kültüř gemma! scholarship of the city Vienna.

Performative Präsentation von kültüř gemma! & Posterpresentation der aktuellen Stipendiaten!

Samstag, 17. Januar, ab 18 Uhr im brut Konzerthaus.

Zwischen großem Gefängnis, Wienerlied-Baustelle, Schreibtisch und Pfusch. Eine performative Präsentation der Stipendiat_innen der 2. Ausschreibung.
Mit: Srdjan Knezevic, Ivana Marjanovic´, Jelena Poprzan, Yassine Zaitaar

Bei der Posterpräsentation der neuen Stipentiaten sind wir natürlich auch vertreten!

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“The contemporary art ‘world’ is one of the last bastions of backwardness in the West today, which makes it an uneven playground, a formidable terrain of difficulty for artists whose backgrounds locate at the receiving end of intolerance.”
Olu Oguibe