As the day progresses, I retreat into the shade and continue on works with found wooden objects, whilst the sun is at its peak. I collect ideas, materials and images. Sometimes an idea started to grow years before I feel it is the right time to use it; too many ideas about what I want to produce often overwhelm me. Then the research phase begins, which can be an interview, the reading & rereading of text, or simple conversations with people who know more about my interest field.”
Zohra is honing in on the photographic medium in acceptance of what she calls a “longing to recreate prints I once learned in an analog way.” At the close of her show at Gallery 1957, she’ll find herself exploring a new but tranquil working environment at an artist residency in Salvador de Bahia. In a landscape that offers Zohra’s necessities of quiet and nature, she can find a new influence with roots in Africa, as the region has the largest population of Black people outside of the continent.
Her personal legacy:
“What I feel best reflects my overall thought process is the acknowledgment and acceptance of African identity. To have a healthy, holistic understanding of who we are and what belonging and identity mean for us is essential for our personal, professional, and spiritual lives.
I would like to be remembered as one of the many pioneering Women artists of West African descent who initiated social evolution in the country. I want to inspire the next generation of youth to move beyond the limiting projected aspirations of society, the one which says that the only acceptable occupation is that of a doctor or lawyer. I want to instigate courage and independent thought, digging deeper into one's creative spirit, a creativity that is naturally within us all, whilst having the support of my peers and family.”
Zohra Opoku is already quietly instigating the social evolution that she seeks, and we, her peers, are with her on her road, waiting to see where she takes us next.
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