Meta.Morf 2022 / Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (KiT), NTNU /
Exhibition Program May 3–June 19 / Curator: Alex Murray-Leslie

To End Is To Begin

Joshua Dekia [GH/NO]

Joshua´s work engages in the cultural lifestyle and community-based art of the communities in the Ghanan, Kassena Nankana West Districts, with a focus on the wall paintings of Sirigu, passed down through the generations. He explores the spiritual and cultural connections between animal motifs, colours, patterns and most importantly their attitudes exhibited during their production. His current works express one’s life as a collection of memories and events, mixing traditional Ghanan techniques with contemporary technological tools and craft techniques, such as image transfer, embroidery, photography, drawing, abstraction and composition among others. Dekia uses personal artistic papier-mâché methods to mash up local Adresseavisen newspaper fibres, acting as embedded semantic material to transfer complex readings of contemporary mediated imagery.

May 14 – June 6
K-U-K – Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst
Trondheim Public Library (second floor viewed from the bridge)

Joshua Dekia
Joshua Dekia, obtained his bachelor’s degree in painting and sculpture in 2018 at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science And Technology, Kumasi Ghana. He is currently a collaborating artist of the art collective Chicks on Speed and MFA2 student in the International Masters Program, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art.

Header Graphics: “Global Angst” (2021). Material: Adressavisen newspapers, Fabric, Rivercoat Cornloure, Mollerens Semile Gryn and Vegetable oil. Size: Vest size 42. Costume made for Chicks on Speed performance, Global Angst Parade, Munich, 2021.
Portrait Photograph: Production still by Mohammad Bayesteh, 2021.