Annie-Marie Akussah

Location: London
Website: www.anniemarieakussah
Bio:

Some recurrent subjects within my work are identity, belonging and the authenticity of identification documents. My paintings hold colours that resemble buildings and places expatriates may have occupied, such as Indian red; existing on the doors of council flats and ochre; present immigration offices (desks). The multiplicity of materials, techniques and medium used within my work develops the context and enables me use different avenues to explore painting without any boundaries. By integrating portraiture with transfers, prints and assemblage, my paintings take on different characters, which mirror the life of an expatriate, the expatriate adapts, loses and learns different culture within the ‘new’ space that is being occupied.

When migrants ‘’occupy’’ a foreign land everything about them is questioned. Society’s paradigm of expatriates is often from the middle east and Africa yet the prevailing perspectives, ideologies and impressions of migratory movement within the world pay little attention to inter-African migratory movement. Too often, the ones making treacherous journeys to and within Africa are not documented within contemporary art practices. Within my paintings, I have a dialogue about inter-African migration today, in the early 1950’s (before Ghana’s independence from the British) and post independence whilst exploring the spaces migrants are held in (immigration offices, detention centres, slave auction houses etc.) The passport or any travel document, is a tool of identification but also a constraint because the exclusivity of certain passports, citizenships and visa’s trigger alienation. The drastic innovation of passports to intensify security, surveillance and defense, commands the notion of identity and authenticity. I have this dialogue within my paintings by using stamps and pages within travel documents, modifying some of the information to play around the notion of authenticity.

Exhibitions:

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Working Mens College, London
Eyes of Peckham, London

2016 Diversity Matters Exhibit, UAL Gallery, London
McKinsey & Company Black Consultants, London

2017 Revolution, 198 Contemporary Art & Learning, London
Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead London

2018 Xhibit, Bermondsey Project Space
Cross Course/ College/ Year, Cookhouse Gallery, London
Camberwell Film Festival, Camberwell College of Art, London
Wimbledon College of Art Degree Show, London
‘’ My Chain Hits My Chest’’, One Thoresby Street Gallery, Nottingham
Current: Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Liverpool School of Art & Design, Liverpool
John Moores University ( as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2018),
Forthcoming: Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery

Curated Exhibitions

2016 UAL Black History Month Exhibition, Central St Martins Student Union Gallery

2017 Art Quest Artist's Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale