Gideon Appah Ghana, b. 1987
Gideon Appah is a mixed media artist who draws from personal experiences of life in the capital of Accra. In new works created for 1-54, Appah responds directly to his upbringing, by presenting them in the context of a family setting. The series titled Memoirs Through Pokua’s Window, transforms the booth into Appah’s Grandmother’s house, using old family photo-albums and half-memories as reference material.
Growing up in a large family, the works are reflective of a life characterized by strong emotional bonds, religious activities and folklore. Through nostalgic blues, deep green landscapes and charcoal, his dreamlike compositions place typical domestic interiors from 1980s and 90s Ghana against surreal landscapes.
Pots, stools, lamps, windows, photographs and masks populate Appah’s works, appearing as fragments from inconsistent past. Presented alongside glimpses of nature—plains, trees, plants and particularly rivers—Appah alludes to the organic transformation of memories over time.
Using thick, rough applications of acrylic upon collaged layers of appropriated posters, prints and photographs, Appah directly references his own familial histories. The posters used—advertising haircuts, barber shops and tailoring—relate to occupations of his aunts, uncles and grandparents, the overall result becoming an artistic archive of communal life in Accra.
Gideon Appah X Tiffany Alfonseca-‘South Facing South (Ghanaman X Quisqueya)’7 Jan - 14 Mar 2021Gideon Appah Gallery 1957 is pleased to present a presentation of Ghanaian artist, Gideon Appah (b. 1987) on view January 2021 in our London Gallery. In this new body of...
Group ShowAccra, Gallery I 17 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020SERGE ATTUKWEI CLOTTEY, GIDEON APPAH, THAMEUR MEJRI, RAPHAEL ADJETEY ADJEI
Gideon Appah-Love LettersAccra, Gallery I 29 Jun - 15 Aug 2019This summer, Gallery 1957 hosts its first solo exhibition of Ghanaian artist Gideon Appah, curated by Katherine Finerty and Michael Babanawo. This multi-media exhibition presents a journey through the individual...
18:20 The CollectionAccra, Gallery I 25 Aug 2018 - 5 Jan 2019Gallery 1957 presents a group exhibition highlighting several reputable artists from our collection. All respected in the African art scene, these artists explore themes such as identity, family and society...
Born 1987, Ghana
Lives and works in Accra, Ghana
Love Letters, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana
Memoirs Through Pokua's Window, 1-54 ArtFair, New York, USA
In Pokua's Place, Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana
Between a life and its dream, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Sensation, Goethe Institute, Accra, Ghana
Group Exhibitions (selected):
Residents, Art Dubai
Mitchell Innis & Nash, Frieze NY
Estancia Femsa, Casa Barragan, Mexico
African Perspectives, Lars Kristian Bode Gallery, Germany
Orderly/Disorderly, Ghana Science Museum, Accra, Ghana
Origins and Lineages, DFContemporary Gallery, Capetown, South Africa
Kindle, Gallery2, Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg Art Fair, Kuenyehia Art Prize, Johannesburg, South Africa
Turbine Art Fair, Gallery2, Johannesburg, South Africa
Barclays L’atelier Finalists Show, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Artists in Focus, Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana
End of Year Show, KNUST Museum, Kumasi, Ghana
Absa Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa
Royal Ontario Museum of Art, Canada
Gallery 1957 on Artnet.com28 Jun 2021Artnet.com have published an article on Gallery 1957's Gideon Appah at 1-54 New York. You can read the full article here.
Gideon Appah and Joana Choumali at MACAAL, Marrakech25 Jun 2021Gallery 1957 artists Joana Choumali and Gideon Appah are currently on show as part of 'Welcome Home' at MACAAL, Marrakech. The exhibition showcases new acquisitions...
4 Artists and Projects to Discover at the 1-54 Contemporary African Art FairTaylor Dafoe, Artnet
Gideon Appah's Newest Project Is a Spiritual Rumination on His Ghanaian UpbringingEzinne Mgbeahuruike, OkayAfrica
Meet the Ghanaian Talent Heating Up Africa’s Contemporary Art SceneWilliam Hanley, Surface
Why Gideon Appah is about to become a sensation at 1-54 art fair in New YorkClaude Grunitzky, True Africa