Kwesi O. Kwarteng

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Kwesi O. Kwarteng is a multidisciplinary artist who works with textiles. He explores the identities formed by the intersectionality of different cultures. These textile assemblages draw from the artist’s Ghanaian heritage, and the cultural significance of fabrics and color that identify various life events or state of being of the makers and users. As an immigrant living in the United States, Kwarteng transcribes a new language from the combination of traditional and cultural fabrics along with hand-dyed textiles into abstract-like pieces to unearth the intricacies and beauty of Multiculturalism. In Kwarteng’s works, there is an exploration of traditional weavers in Ghana, influenced by El Anatsui’s extraordinary sculptures, twentieth century African American quilting artistry, and abstract, color field works by Sam Gilliam. He perfectly captures the nuances of using what might be considered a myriad of discarded remnants and swatches to align narratives that reflect his experiences growing up in Ghana and moving to the United States as a teenager. Through his early challenges as an immigrant, he learned to embrace the multi-facets of culture and the heterogeneity of the immigrant story in the Bronx, New York. He has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and his works are held in private Collections around the world.

Workshops

Fabrics Around the World

The primary identifiers of people around the globe are name, language, music, food, and clothing. Participants in this workshop will explore and learn about other cultures worldwide through their fabrics […]

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