Biography

Biography

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Ernest Kankam was born in 1995 in Kumasi, Ghana. He holds B.A honours in Fine Arts at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi Ghana from 2018. He lives and works in Ghana. He had a couple of solo shows at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, College of Arts, Kumasi. Kankam has participated in several group exhibitions and an art fair in Ghana and Germany.
Kankam won the Baden-Württemberg scholarship for an exchange program in the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe in the 2022 Summer semester. The artist had the privilege to show his recent artworks in the booth of Gray & Gray Gallery at the Positions Art Fair, Berlin.

Ernest Kankam
1995 at Kumasi, Ghana.

CONTACT
Kankamernest@gmail.com
Website: bigcedistudio.com

EDUCATION
2018 – B.F.A. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi,
Ghana
2019 – Teaching Assistant for Digital Art in the Painting and Sculpture
Department, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana,
by Kwabena Poku
2021 – Masters in Fine Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
2022 – Freie Malerei, AdBK Karlsruhe, Germany, by Daniel Roth.
2023 – 2025 – Kontaktstudium, AdBK Karlsruhe, Germany, by Daniel Roth

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2023
•Shortlisted for BBA Artist Prize, Berlin 2023.
•Paper Positions, Berlin 2023.
•Karlsruhe ArtFair, Karlsruhe, Germany.
•Artist in Residency, Geschwister Raum. Karlsruhe, Germany.
Publication in Badische Neueste Nachrichten. Karlsruhe Germany.
•MADE IN GHANA, Geschwister Raum. Karlsruhe, Germany.
•Devenir Feuillage, LRRH_ Dusseldorf, Germany
•Distant Relatives, Geschwister Raum. Karlsruhe, Germany.
2022
• Here und There, Karlsruhe, Germany
• The Gray Space in the Middle, Kumasi, Ghana
• Position Art Fair, Berlin 2022
• Zoom, AdBK Karlsruhe, Germany
• All the King’s Horses, Gray and Gray Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany
2019
• canvas on the wind: an ode to wilderness, Akuapem Odwira Festival, Foundation for
Contemporary Art, Accra, Ghana
2018
• We Know Within, TabArt Ghana, Kumasi, Ghana
• Bra Krom, Kumasi, Ghana

Awards
2022
• Baden-Wurttemberg-Stipendium for University Students
2012
• Best Graphic Design Student (Senior High School)
2009
• Best Art Student in Middle High School (Grade 9)

ARTIST STATEMENT

Ernest Kankam is an artist from Ghana who holds a Bachelor in Fine Art from KNUST Kumasi, Ghana. Freie Malerei, AdBK Karlsruhe, Germany, by Prof. Daniel Roth. Ernest is currently pursuing his Masters in Fine Art at KNUST, Ghana. He is fascinated by image composition. Therefore, his works vary from videos, printmaking, painting, sculptures, and installations. These works are mostly inspired by pop culture, history, and issues in society (both culturally and geographically). In using his subconscious as a muse, he draws from memory, fantasies, and experiences. The works offer second-hand information by the artist with the technique of collage, both within the virtual space of technological software like Photoshop and the physical space of the use of mundane materials like a mosquito net, thread for sewing, organza, and pieces of coloured fabric. The composition within the paintings is worked on both sides of the surface material first by printing it digitally on Calico fabric and later using other techniques like quilting in sewing, acrylic painting, and fabric collage. The composition at both ends of the painting complements each other, and it behaves like a stain of obscured events and experiences within each other. The “Two sides of the same coin” mixed media paintings are presented in a structural format to offer a sculptural experience of the painting of the works in the exhibition space. This mode of exhibition tends to continue the past gestures of the 1960s minimalist quest to subvert the modernist way of pictorial experience of a painting by bringing the painting within the same space of the body present in the exhibition. Here, it’s not just about the disembodied eye but rather the whole body reacting to the painting. Ernest Kankam has exhibited in several exhibitions, including the Positions Art Fair, Berlin in 2022. In his recent show titled “Here UND There”, in Karlsruhe, Germany, he instigates reflections on the uniquely temporal states of two urban spaces, Kumasi (Ghana) and Karlsruhe (Germany). With videos, objects, and paintings, Ernest Kankam’s artistic preoccupation with information accumulation, memory, and recollection leads his efforts to complicate the similarities and differences between his home city of Ghana and Karlsruhe, following a six-month exchange program under the Baden-WürttembergSTIPENDIUM. Kankam’s work is inspired by curiosity, observation, and interventional tactics that use experiences as a source of inspiration and as a medium for visual culture.