Ghanaian-born artist Tijay Mohammed has exhibited his works national and internationally, including features at Katonah Museum of Art NY, Hudson River Museum NY, Materials for the Arts NY, Art League Huston, Longwood Art Gallery NY, Green Drake Art Gallery PA, and The National Museum of Ghana.
Tijay has also organized workshops and community-based projects for organizations including the Studio Museum Harlem NY, Hudson River Museum NY, Brooklyn Museum NY, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling NY, Children’s Museum of Manhattan NY, Wallach Art Gallery NY, University of Ghana and Pinto Community Centre Trinidad and Tobago.
In addition, he has received numerous accolades and residencies from The Laundromat Project NY, Children’s Museum of Manhattan NY, Hudson River Museum NY, Materials for the Arts NY, Ravel d’Art Cote d’ivore, Harmattan Workshop Nigeria, Global Crit Clinic and Asiko Artist Residency Ghana.
Among many grants, Tijay is a recipient of Arts Fund, Artist for Community and New Work grant from the Bronx Council on the Arts, and the Spanish Embassy Ghana Painters Award. he is committed to working with the diverse communities with which he surrounds himself.
The artist currently resides in The Bronx NY and also maintains a studio in Ghana.
In my multimedia site-specific installations, I assemble day-to-day objects into symbolic engaging discoveries as group portraits. I communicate the hopefulness in discarded remains (fabric scraps, Metrocards etc.) of our lives that are often overlooked, forgotten or no longer valuable but they recall the history of their previous breaths and proprietors. This process is inspired by “Sankofa” a symbol which means learning from the past for a prosperous future” I hope that I insinuate greater relationship to our diaries, aspirations, and letdowns in addressing issues of migration, historical, and gender equality.
Intimate and pronounced affairs, and history and new meanings lead the discourse between my art and the audience.