Nubuke Foundation exhibition explores borders and boundaries

In the past five days, nearly 100 Ghanaians have been deported from the U.S. The number is expected to grow, according to reports that the Trump administration will remove 7,000 Ghanaians from the U.S. before the end of the year.

Though Ghana is a stable nation, with no recorded wars since the middle of the 20th century, young Ghanaians emigrate to the U.S. and countries of western Europe seeking employment every day.

In a case of art imitating life, last weekend The Nubuke Foundation opened “Twists, Turns, and Broken Doors,” an exhibit by Ghanaian artist, Dorothy Amenuke. One work featured in the exhibit explores the notion of borders and boundaries.

“Boundaries and borders are often made up of imaginary lines of division,” states a description on the piece titled, “Coded.”

Amenuke’s unconventional use of recycled materials to create three-dimensional space reflects the urgency of leaving one’s homeland to stake out different possibilities. Using materials such as cocoa sacks and jute bags, Amenuke demonstrates the creativity of re-imagining boundaries.

Amenuke is from the Volta Region of Ghana. In addition to creating art, she has engaged in social projects in arts education. Her work has been featured internationally in the U.S., Kenya, and the Netherlands.

The exhibit, “Twists, Turns, and Broken Doors,” will be on display at the Nubuke Foundation near Mensvic Grand Hotel until September.

By: Joy Notoma/

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