Exhibition View: Harmattan Tales, Zohra Opoku at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery

“Harmattan Tales” currently on view at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, is a utopian exploration of the cityscape by connecting to muslim women in Accra, Ghana and discovering life in the city through their lens.  To create these works, Opoku has entered the intimate private spaces of these women’s lives, following them with gentle curiosity to capture moments and situations, which sparkle vibrantly. Images of roadside kiosks, mosques, and umbrella businesses become a dream sequence illustrating an almost theatrical stage of little local islands in the red sand, giving the spectator space to wonder what stories the scenery is telling. “Opoku creates an undertone of storytelling focusing on the politics and aesthetics of Muslim dressing, a detail, which is both stunning and disruptive”. The exhibition is on view at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery in Seattle, Washington till March 17 2018.

Images 1-8: Zohra Opoku, Harmattan Tales, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery / The Children of Ma Goldsmith, Zohra Opoku, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Image Courtesy Mariane Ibrahim Gallery /  Zohra Opoku, Self Portraits: Bridal, Tye Dyed, Laced, Undercover, Sheltered,  Harmattan Tales, Image Courtesy Mariane Ibrahim Gallery /  Zohra Opoku, Undercover, Harmattan Tales, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Image Courtesy Mariane Ibrahim Gallery / Zohra Opoku, Harmattan Tales, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery / Zohra Opoku, Undercover, Harmattan Tales, Marianne Ibrahim Gallery, Image Courtesy Mariane Ibrahim Gallery / Zohra Opoku, Raddiya Mayafi, Harmattan Tales, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Image Courtesy Mariane Ibrahim Gallery / Zohra Opoku, Rafia, Harmattan Tales, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Image Courtesy Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.

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