Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh academically trained as an artist and now practices as a curator and critic based in Kumasi, Ghana. He is a key member of blaxTARLINES and espouses the coalition’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 recognises criticism 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.
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 headed the curatorial team for Akutia: Blindfolding the Sun and the Poetics of Peace (A Retrospective of Agyeman Ossei ‘Dota’) in Tamale, Ghana (2020-2021) and co-curated the 12th edition of Bamako Encounters: Biennale of African Photography in Mali (2019-2020). In 2018, Ohene-Ayeh curated ‘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 is recipient of the ACASA Award for Curatorial Excellence in 2021.
Ohene-Ayeh co-organises the ongoing online experimental pedagogical initiative called Kelas Bareng/Joint Class (since 2020) with Gesyada Siregar, MG Pringgotono, JJ Adibrata (Gudskul, Jakarta), Philippe Pirotte (Städelschule, Frankfurt), and Knut Åsdam (Nordland Kunst og filmhøgskole, Oslo). On the occasion of documenta fifteen (2022), Kelas Bareng took place at Fridskul (Fridericianum as school) on the invitation of lumbung member Gudskul. Ohene-Ayeh is also one of the Artistic Advisors for the 59th Venice Biennale (International Art Exhibition in 2022), under the artistic direction of Cecilia Alemani. He is presently a teacher at the Department of Painting & Sculpture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi.