HENRY OBENG FROM GHANA BAGS THE ABSA L’ATELIER SECOND MERIT AWARD

HENRY OBENG FROM GHANA BAGS THE ABSA L’ATELIER SECOND MERIT AWARD

Henry Obeng will receive a two-month residency at the Kunst: Raum Foundation, Sylt Quelle, Germany; includes return airfare and a monthly stipend.

L’Atelier is one of Africa’s most prestigious art competitions. It rewards young visual artists aged 21 to 35 with the opportunity to develop their talents abroad. A look through the list of previous winners will testify to this.

He is an artist from Ghana, live and work in Kumasi. He was born on the 1st January 1993 and completed his basic education in Kumasi, then attended the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, where he focused on sculpture, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in May 2016. He is from the Ashanti tribe and speaks a dialect called Twi.

After studying, He worked as a teaching assistant to a paper-making lecturer. He then interned with Mary Hark, Professor in Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin, when she was working in her studio in Ghana.

He is inspired by the way that people in the area find creative ways to adapt to the environment. This is often done by sourcing or repurposing materials from the same space. While people are answering a basic need, they are also telling their own stories.

Adekunle Owolabi of NigeriansinSouthAfrica and Henry Obeng at the Absa L'Atelier Event in Johannesburg

Adekunle Owolabi and Henry Obeng at the Absa L’Atelier Event in Johannesburg

The individuals in the community, therefore, solve problems in artistic ways-sometimes even subconsciously-and this has inspired me to make work using materials and repurposing them so that I can tell my own story. He also loves music and is a commercial photographer.

Description of Work
The work is basically a capture of a drainage path for a bath that is printed on handmade paper with the use of bamboo. The bamboo was selected when capturing the site of the photograph and it was reused in a different state as a support for my work. The shaped edges were abducted from drawings from cracked walls I see mostly on the outdoor bath and it was done specifically to bring that idea from one space to the other.

The L’Atelier art competition is run in conjunction with our partner, the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA).

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