Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks
May 27, 2022 - October 2, 2022
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston:
5216 Montrose Boulevard,
Houston, TX 77006

Over the past couple years, Amoako Boafo’s star has stratospherically risen for his rippling, large-scale portraits of African diasporic figures that “represent, document, celebrate, and show new ways to approach Blackness.” For the Ghanaian painter’s first-ever solo museum outing, he presents 30 canvases that represent the nuances and complexities of Black life under the current era’s struggles with Covid-19 and resistance against systemic oppression. Drawing its title from sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois’s seminal ethnographic study of Black life and channeling his concept of “double-consciousness,” the show challenges an “othered” gaze concerning Black figures, who all appear confident and steadfast under Boafo’s hand. 

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