Self-taught, award-winning Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo brings Soul of Black Folks, his first solo museum exhibit, to Seattle Art Museum now through September 10th. In the series, Boafo explores the concept of “double consciousness,” the way in which Black people must navigate their self-identity through the gaze of others. From SAM's website: The portraits on view in Soul of Black Folks reinterpret what it means to elevate and “see” Black people. He considers his work to be a form of healing, as it creates space for Black individuals who’ve previously been overlooked and decentered. Taken together, Boafo’s paintings serve as a celebration of identity as they assert the dignity and importance of Blackness.
Boafo began creating his tender yet vibrant textured paintings in 2016 and completed the finger-painted portraits in 2022 while drawing on inspiration from modern experiences including the COVID-19 pandemic, the media’s commodification of Black bodies, and continued systemic oppression, ultimately creating a moving telling of Black life in Ghana and beyond.
WHEN I’M MAKING PAINTINGS, I WANT THE CHARACTERS TO BE STRONG, I WANT THEM TO BE FREE, I WANT THEM TO BE INDEPENDENT, I WANT THEM TO BE UNAPOLOGETIC. — AMOAKO BOAFO
ARTE NOIR is pleased to offer tickets to experience Amoako Boafo's moving exhibit at SAM to our patrons. We have a limited selection of physical tickets available in the shop only. All you need to do to claim yours is visit us in person during regular business hours and let our Guest Services Associates know you'd like to attend.
AMOAKO BOAFO: SOUL OF BLACK FOLKS
July 13 through September 10, 2023
Seattle Art Museum
Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries