Theresah Ankomah (b.1989) is an artist who lives and works in Accra, Ghana. Her artistic expressions manifest in the form of performative installations, sculpture, weaving, photography, basketry painting and printmaking. Ankomah’s work explores the intricacies of ‘weaving’ through complexities of ‘craft’ in relation to trade and how underpinning issues of geopolitics, gender and capitalism resonate in the everyday usage of materials and objects.Through her work, the idea of weaving moves beyond the confinement of beauty, name-tagging such as ‘Feminist works’, primitive and the functionality of objects to explore more complex issues such as consumerism, geopolitics, gender, identity and capitalism.
She vehemently believes that everyday objects are not innocent in themselves but coexist within a physical space with seen and unseen collaborators. This she lives through layers of processes her materials go through from the start till the end. In her work, weaving captures the concept of conceiving one’s identity by combining separate entities into a disjoint body of work. By way of assembling and disassembling of the objects (woven objects), splitting and collaging, joining and weaving, her body of work becomes an appropriation of individual weaves collected from various encounters, people experiences and narratives.
Theresah has a background in Sculpture and holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Master of Fine Art Degree from the Department of Painting and Sculpture of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana.
Ankomah was the recipient of the 2017 first runner prize of the prestigious Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Art in Ghana.
2021: ADA\ contemporary art gallery, Accra, Ghana
Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 ‘Look at WE’, Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana
2020: Superficial Co-existence, Urban Future, Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana.
2020: Women as the Centre: Art X Feminism, Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana.
Portrait of the artist. Courtesy of the artist.