Sassa, Exhibition with Zohra Opoku at Gallery 1957, Accra, 2016


Zohra Opoku
Curated by Nana Oforiatta Ayim

Opening Performance in collaboration with Ama Boamah/Adinkra Studio
Wood works in collaboration with Nana Oforiatta Ayim

“The concept Sassa is described in some writings as the soul, as the universal energy that is invisible, but always present; in others it is referred to as Sasa, the restless, often vengeful, spirit of one whose death was somehow unnatural.

In her work, Opoku explores her own versions and concepts of what constitutes the self through time and place and through the elements around her, inventing her own rituals and traditions, defining for herself her own version of what Sassa is, and can be, whether through her portraits of the Ahemaa, the Queen Mothers of the Ashanti, her father’s region; in the series of Bodymasks that explore her family identity, both Ghanaian and German, as well as her sense of home; and in her self-portraits, in which the artist merges with other elements and determines how much of herself she reveals.”

Nana Oforiatta Ayim


Zohra Opoku is a German/Ghanaian multidisciplinary artist living and working in Accra. With a keen and disciplined eye for textile and design, Opoku employees installation, sculpture, and photography at the helm of her practice. She conceptualizes West African traditions, spirituality, the thread of family lineage as they relate to self authorship and the politics of her hybrid identity. A globalized social consumption and the commodification of all things African are a driving force in what she sees as the nemesis of her thesis and the relevance of cultural credentials within this state of being.