Zohra Opoku

Zohra Opoku
Germany and Ghana

Zohra Opoku (b.1976, German and Ghanaian; lives and works in Accra, Ghana) examines the politics of personal identity formation through historical, cultural, and socio-economic influences, particularly in the context of contemporary Ghana. 

Opoku’s explorations have been mostly through the lens of her camera; her photography is expressed through screen-printing and alternative photo processing on varieties of natural fabrics. While her work relays social commentary and broadly relevant themes around the human experience, each of Zohra’s explorations is intimately rooted in personal identity politics. She repeatedly integrates family heirlooms and her own self-image into her visual observations of Ghana’s cultural memory.  

In 2023, she is among the artists exhibited in the 15th edition of Sharjah Biennale “Thinking Historically in the Present” (United Arab Emirates). She has exhibited internationally the Museum for Photography (Chicago), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Musée de l’Ethnographie (Bordeaux), Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao), Kunsthal (Rotterdam), Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, Southbank Centre / Hayward Gallery (London), SAVVY Contemporary Berlin, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (Germany) and the Tate Modern (UK).

Her work is collected by renowned institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic Collection, Faurschou Foundation, Royal Museum of Ontario, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, CCS Bard College Hessel Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and most recently the Tate Modern. 

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