Kumerican Flowers: Dankyi Mensah

Overview

Having recently completed a one month residency at The Warehouse, the gallery's exhibition space in Zaventem, Dankyi Mensah’s newest body of work celebrates the very essence of life and beauty through the portrayal of his ‘Kumerican’ subjects. Equating them to the splendor of flowers, each person is depicted with beauty, grace, and reverence.

Kumerica––a term often associated with the music scene––revolves around the encounter between the local culture of Kumasi, a Ghanian city in the Ashanti region, and American urban culture. Mensah addresses this cultural shift by depicting local youth dressed in American-influenced street style posing before traditional Ghanian patterned fabrics, as traditional in West African portraiture. Mensah takes this a step further by inventing his own patterns that draw on themes of nature, reinforcing his empowered “flowers” who take center stage in his paintings.











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