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ART IS HUMAN AND HUMAN IS ART | ART BY KOJO

The debate on religious objects and historical works of art from West Africa forms the basis for the artworks by . Kojo, a Berlin based artist from Accra. His collages behind milky glass connect the Current with the Historical, anonymity with individuality, and are an expression of . Kojo’s personal confrontation with his Ghanaian home from the Diaspora perspective.

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The idea began with the research on the backgrounds of many existing masks of deceased monarchs in West- and Central Africa: “There are all sorts of masks and sculptures of kings and queens whose lives or personal achievements are no longer comprehensible today and therefore forgotten. Realizing this, I started to think about the idea to symbolically hide contemporary chiefs behind the wooden masks or sculpture heads, to give the masks a body and to restore the dignity of the deceased kings and queens. In order to express the degree of unfamiliarity of the protagonists, I opted for milky glass: This is how the external appearances stay as incomprehensible as the personal stories behind the masks.” One of the many goals of Kojo’s work is to bring back the dignity of the deceased to obscure the individuality of their contemporaries. . Kojo’s work will be out for viewing during the Berlin Art Week in September 2015 at six exhibition points. This year’s project, AA Galerie, is an attempt to present contemporary African art and works from the African Diaspora in Berlin, to start the conversation on cultural dialogue.

Text by: Agnesa Schmudke

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Artist-Biography| Kojo

 1989 Born in Accra, Ghana

1995 Travel to Germany

2010 Abitur (A Levels) in Berlin-Steglitz

2010 – 2012 Study of Architecture at BTU in Cottbus

Since 2013 Study of African Art History at FU in Berlin

Lives and works in Berlin.

Why Art?

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“Art for me is ‘life‘ lived. The essence of Godly creation. Art does not ask for the meaning of existence. It does not try to debunk the mystery of life. In contrary, it tries in a subtle and naive way to make it visible. Art is not possessive. It is indecisive, unbendable and misunderstood. Art is a rebel to any form of reign or rule, a critic to every society, guardian of the past, a portrait of the presence, a prospect of the future and a role model to every culture on planet earth. Art is, what it is… ART IS HUMAN, HUMAN IS ART

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