George Hughes, The Politics of Identity, January 26-March 3, 2018

George Afedzi Hughes studied painting at The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, College of Art (1985–1991) where he earned a BA in Painting and Drawing and an MA in Art Education. He later received his MFA in Painting from Bowling Green State University(2001). Hughes’ work involves painting and performance art, utilizing the turbulence of colonialism as a premise to highlight parallels between that violent history and contemporary global conflicts. His projects interpret in visual form the spectacle of information, knowledge and subjectivity. In addition he investigates the evolution of postcolonial reconciliation expounded through imagery pertaining to multicultural societies dealing with the residual effects of colonialism by addressing the dialog between personal and historical narratives. The objective of his two-dimensional work is to heighten awareness of the uncomfortable existence of human atrocities and to blur distinctions between the familiar and the novel and between conflict and resolution. His performance art evokes allegorical spectacles through interdisciplinary media, incorporating body art, music/sound, costumes and ritual, with the intent of transposing lifelike situations into memorable dramatizations.

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