Ghanaian-born artist Tijay Mohammed has exhibited his work national and internationally, including features at the Longwood Art Gallery (NY), Green Drake Art Gallery (PA), Katonah Museum of Art , Hudson River Museum NY, The National Museum of Ghana, and Ravel D’Art (Côte d’Ivoire). Tijay has also organized workshops and community based projects with numerous organizations including the Studio Museum Harlem, Wallach Art Gallery (NY), University of Ghana Performance Art Center, Brooklyn Museum, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, and Pinto Road Community Centre (Arima, Trinidad and Tobago). In addition, he has received numerous accolades, residencies and grants and is a recipient of the Arts Fund and Artist for Community grant and New Work from the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Create Change Artist through The Laundromat Project (NY), Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and the Spanish Embassy Ghana Painters Award. He participated in the Global Crit Clinic, Asiko Artist Residency (Ghana), Harmattan Workshop (Nigeria), and Community Workers Training (NY). Tijay currently lives in the Bronx.
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.
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