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

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.