Sassa by Zohra Opoku



For a new exhibition in Ghana, Zohra Opoku (b. 1976) shows her works on the intersection between installation art and photography. Central to the work of Opoku, a German-Ghanaian photographer, is the use of textiles, used in costumes, shown drying on clotheslines, and out of their original context as part of installations. In her latest work, she explores the Ashanti concept of Sassa, which can refer to both ‘universal energy’ or a ‘vengeful spirit’. In her own search for Sassa, Opoku went to southern Ghana to photograph queen mothers (women with influential roles in the local government), and also took self-portraits. But while, for her earlier works, Opoku photographed installations made with textiles, for her latest exhibition, she turned this process around: she printed photos on textiles, creating photos that move with the wind, and that may, over time, start to fray. “I like it that an installation can change,” Opoku says. “That it is alive in a way.”

The exhibition Sassa, is on view at Gallery 1957 in Accra, Ghana.

View more of Zohra Opoku’s work on her website.