Theophilus Annor, MFA 2024

Thesis Exhibition: March 13-16 

Reception: March 15, 6-8 pm 


Sankofa Brooch, 2023, white resin, brass caps, steel pin, bolt and nut, 4” x 5” x 1.8”.

Home with me, 2023, draft resin, woven rope, brass aglets, dyes, 7” x 10” x 1.8”.


Artist Statement

As a young Ghanaian artist, my work aims to explore the rich tapestry of African symbolism, infusing it with the transformative power of technology within an evolving contemporary space. I seek to reimagine traditional African art and its inherent symbolism, embracing the possibilities offered by new mediums and challenging notions of identity. In this pursuit, the human body becomes the canvas, a site where cultural heritage, technology, and self-expression converge. Drawing upon the deep well of African symbolism and traditions, I weave intricate narratives that resonate with contemporary audiences. The symbols, once so intimately linked to community and societal values, now undergo a metamorphosis, adapting to the ever-changing landscape of technology. I reimagine these ancient motifs, juxtaposing them with modern iconography to create a visual language that speaks to our interconnected world. Technology plays a crucial role in this artistic endeavor, acting as a catalyst for transformation and exploration. Embracing digital tools and techniques, I seamlessly merge traditional African art forms with the power of the virtual realm. By employing techniques such as augmented reality, interactive installations, and multimedia presentations, I create immersive experiences that invite viewers to engage with the artwork and delve into the narratives expressed. Central to my artistic exploration is the concept of the body as a space for identity. Within African cultures, the body itself serves as a vessel through which individual and collective identities are expressed and communicated. By creating wearable art pieces that incorporate woven elements and patterns, I aim to blur the boundaries between art and life, encouraging a deeper connection between the wearer and their heritage. These garments become not just objects to be worn, but personal statements that celebrate and honor the individual's cultural roots. Through this amalgamation of African symbolism and technological innovation, my work seeks to highlight the enduring relevance of cultural narratives while simultaneously embracing the dynamic nature of identity in our ever-evolving society. By positioning the body as a site for exploration and dialogue, I aim to provoke conversations around heritage, technology, and our shared humanity. In this brave new world, where the boundaries between physical and virtual spaces blur, I invite viewers to engage with my artwork to reflect on their own identity and the interconnectedness of diverse cultures. With each piece, I aspire to honor the age-old symbolism of the African continent while forging an artistic path that embraces the opportunities presented by a rapidly advancing technological landscape. Ultimately, my artistic practice aims to spark a dialogue that transcends borders, connecting individuals with their shared heritage and inspiring a renewed appreciation for the transformative potential of cultural symbolism within the realm of technology and embodied identity in a new social space. 

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All photos credited to the artist.