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Adelaide Damoah | Asia Clarke | Maggie Folasade Coker | Sianeh A. Kpukuyou | Enam Gbewonyo | Black Girls Glow

La Foundation for the Arts, 144 La Road, Accra, Ghana, (11th April – 23rd May, 2024)

La Foundation for the Arts (LAFA) is pleased to announce TOUCH, a women-led exploration of materiality and touch curated by Ghanaian-British curator Chantel Akworkor Thompson. Taking place at the newly founded La Foundation For the Art, the exhibition explores the dissemination of ancestral and intuitive knowledge through sensation and connection. The works presented interrogate femininity, identity, African spirituality, ecology, and humanity through various mediums.

The exhibition features the works of: Adelaide Damoah, Asia Clarke,  Maggie Sade Coker, Sianeh A. Kpukuyou, Enam Gbewonyo & collective Black Girls Glow.

Through the exhibition, curator Chantel Akworkor Thompson invites viewers to consider what they feel when they touch:  what does the act of touching evoke, inspire and how can this initiate healing? Through her selection of works, she encourages viewers to activate all of their senses when touching: their sight, smell , hearing and even their intuition.

Adelaide Damoah’s layers of ink and pigment draw the eyes in. The body is transformed into an instrument of touch, leaving recognisable prints and figures on handmade, recycled cotton rag paper. Enam Gbewonyo’s film Nude Me, Under the Skin also demonstrates the body’s memory and ability to hold a narrative. Behind backdrops of brown wooden surroundings and stained-glass windows, the black female body inserts and asserts itself. Gbewonyo elicits conversations about colonisation and slavery. Touch is active, both an unravelling and a revealing. Like Gbewonyo, Sianeh A. Kpukuyou uses colour to enhance the visibility of the black female body. Against an ocean-blue backdrop, Backyard Kids positions a sun-stricken mat over two black women.

Asia ‘WildMoon’ Clarke and Maggie Sade Coker consider how African spirituality and ecology inspire pause, prompt reflection, and encourage healing. Through Clarke’s Jumbie,we are reminded of the impact our touch and energies have on our external and natural worlds. Whilst Coker reminds us of the vital role flowers and nature play in mental, emotional, and social health. Like Clarke and Coker, Black Girls Glow nurtures space for healing, transforming touch into sound, through the sonic journey they present for the exhibition.

The exhibition is accompanied by a critical essay by Amma Amofaah-Ofosu: Through the Senses and Stored in Our Souls. In this she concludes:

TOUCH is an act of connecting with everything around us, a sensory action that requires various forms of contact. In this exhibition, there is a collective display of holistic sensory knowledge, culminating in a wide-reaching comprehension of what it may mean to touch and feel connected.”

Amma Amofaah-Ofosu


Adelaide Damoah

Asia 'Wildmoon' Clarke

Black Girls Glow

Enam Gbewonyo

Maggie Sade Coker

Sianeh A. Kpukuyou