Holburne Open Joshua Donkor
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2022 I have more souls than one
“People and stories are ultimately what influences my work, this is why I often describe my practice as visual narration. A lot of the work I make is also deeply personal and stems from my family history, particularly my Fathers upbringing our Ghanaian heritage.
The new body of work I’m currently developing seeks to explore transcultural and African Diasporic experiences in the Western world and how this is felt through the different generations of family.
This project stemmed from my most recent journey back to Ghana at the start of 2022 with my cousin.
As we have grown older our relationship with Ghana has continued to evolve. 2022 represented somewhat of a passing of the torch as my cousin was expected to take on more responsibilities within her family.
This brought into focus many questions about our relationship and connection to Ghana as members of the African Diaspora. Although we have grown up with many Ghanaian cultural influences within our lives, unlike our parents and those before, we have not grown up there.
This has led to a feeling of slight disconnection from our heritage, felt most notably whenever we return.
These new portraits include a range of image transfer techniques which blend archival family images dating back decades with glimpses of the present taken from my most recent journey back to Ghana.
This acts as a representation of all the generations, time periods and memories that have informed our past, and which will continue to influence our future.”
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