Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh academically trained as an artist and now practices as a curator, and critic based in Kumasi, Ghana. He espouses blaxTARLINES KUMASI’s politically indifferent approach to twenty-first century emancipatory art practice — which operates on a conception of art paradoxically emerging from a multiplicity and a void, and principled on preemptive equality. Ohene-Ayeh recognizes writing and curating as necessary extra-artistic roles that enable him to critically respond to concerns related to the Ghanaian art scene in conversation with global matters. He is a member of the Exit Frame Collective who are, besides artistic and curatorial projects, intervening in the intellectual infrastructure of professional art practice in Ghana by initiating the annual peer-to-peer intensive professional development program, ‘CritLab’, in partnership with Foundation for Contemporary Art – Ghana, blaxTARLINES KUMASI and Savannah Center for Contemporary Art Tamale. The programme is designed for artists, critics and curators.
Ohene-Ayeh co-edited the monograph Ibrahim Mahama, Exchange-Exchanger (1957-2057), published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König and White Cube, on the occasion of Mahama’s participation in documenta14 in 2017. He is co-curator of Akutia: Blindfolding the Sun and the Poetics of Peace (A Retrospective of Agyeman Ossei ‘Dota’) in Tamale, Ghana (2020-2021), co-curator of the 12th edition of Bamako Encounters: Biennale of African Photography in Mali (2019-2020), and curator of ‘Spectacles. Speculations…’ (2018) in Kumasi. He has also co-curated ‘Silence Between the Lines: Anagrams of Emancipated Futures’ (2015) and ‘Orderly Disorderly’ (2017)— both exhibitions organized by blaxTARLINES KUMASI. He guest-curated the inaugural Lagos Biennial (2017) and was a member of the faculty of the inaugural Lagos Biennial Curatorial Intensive Programme, held during the 2019 Lagos Biennial, and the Independent Curators International (ICI) Curatorial Intensive in Accra (2017). Ohene-Ayeh is recipient of the ACASA Award for Curatorial Excellence in 2021 and co-organizes Kelas Bareng/Joint Class (since 2020)— an online experimental educational initiative between Gudskul (Indonesia), Städelschule (Germany), blaxTARLINES KUMASI (KNUST, Ghana) and Nordland Kunst og filmhøgskole (Norway)— with Gesyada Siregar, MG Pringgotono, Philippe Pirotte and Knut Åsdam. He is one of the Artistic Advisors for the 59th Venice Biennale (International Art Exhibition in 2022), under the artistic direction of Cecilia Alemani, and is presently a lecturer at the Department of Painting & Sculpture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi.