Sakhile&Me presents ‘mundane x sacred x profane’, a group exhibition by Valerie Amani, Philip Crawford, Samuel Baah Kortey, Sekai Machache, and Ato Ribeiro, on display until August 12.
The ‘mundane x sacred x profane’ project examines the fusion of the common, the worldly, and the holy. Using a variety of materials and media, each artist redefines traditional assessments and subtly or openly reshapes social stories by referring to and recontextualizing certain everyday objects, symbols, and gestures, which may not always be clearly recognized.
Valerie Amani, a Tanzanian multidisciplinary artist and writer, critically examines how physical sensuality, language, locality, and perceived reality contribute to self-identification or isolation within a community.
Philip Crawford, born in 1988, is an American artist with studios in Berlin and Philadelphia. His diverse artistic practice encompasses critical essays, paper-based artworks, videos, sculptures, and installations.
Samuel Kortey Baah, born in Ghana, resides in Kumasi and Frankfurt. His areas of focus encompass post-colonial histories, religious iconographies, and explorations with organic materials.
Sekai Machache, an artist and curator from Zimbabwe and Scotland, explores self-examination through photography, utilizing digital studio compositions, body paint, and subtle lighting techniques to create images that emerge from darkness.
Ato Ribeiro, a Ghanaian artist, creates intricate geometric designs using discarded materials as a metaphor for historical African heritage. The artwork evokes a cryptic language, prompting the viewer to decode its meanings, encouraging exploration and thought.
Sakhile&Me is an international exhibition and research space showcasing contemporary art from Africa and its diasporas. They prioritize contextual specificity and promote artists’ work through exhibitions, partnerships, workshops, and tours, focusing on artists and researchers’ development.