Eugene Ofori Agyei , (Ghanaian, b. 1993) , Help Me Carry My Bag (detail), 2022, Earthenware clay, fabric, yarn , 37 x 40 x 80 in., Courtesy of the artist
June 1 - August 27, 2023

Eugene Ofori Agyei:

Where Is Home? Home is Where I Belong

Where is Home? Home is Where I Belong is Eugene Ofori Agyei’s first solo museum exhibition. Born in Ghana in 1993, Agyei is a multimedia artist whose practice focuses on the creation of sculptures and installations that coalesce notions of belonging, displacement, identity, memory, and dislocation. Moving to the U.S. from his native Ghana in 2020, Agyei encountered a charged political climate and a society challenged by a raging pandemic and public demonstrations for racial justice. Against this backdrop, the artist settled in Gainesville, Florida to pursue his graduate education. These experiences inform Agyei’s work and provide context for his journey as a Ghanaian living in the United States.  

In this exhibition, Agyei presents a selection of recent works that addresses his experience as an immigrant by creating sculptures that incorporate African batik fabrics, yarn, ceramics, and everyday objects imbued with personal and cultural meaning. Accompanied by a video projection and statements by the artist, Where is Home? encourages visitors to reflect on notions of belonging and identity. Agyei currently lives and works in Gainesville, FL, and was the winner of the Pathways 2022: The Carlos Malamud Prize. 

 

Eugene Ofori Agyei , (Ghanaian, b. 1993) , Untitled, 2022, Earthenware clay, fabric , 57.2 x 27 x 54 in., Courtesy of the artist
Eugene Ofori Agyei , (Ghanaian, b. 1993), Help Me Carry My Bag, 2022, Earthenware clay, fabric, yarn , 37 x 40 x 80 in., Courtesy of the artist

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