Ghanaian artist stuns the world with thought provoking pieces of art

Ghanaian artist stuns the world with thought provoking pieces of art

- A young Ghanaian creative has made headlines after his mesmerizing designs attracted organizers Ghana's biggest street event

- Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi's works investigate the "culturality" of gender stereotypes and sexual misrepresentation

- Elikem calls himself ‘‘crazinisT artisT’’, whose works confront and exploit the stereotypical aesthetics of marginalized citizens

When it comes to being exceptional with one’s creative prowess, Ghanaians have featured some of the world’s impressive designs, locally and internationally and super talented Elikem Fiatsi, has earned our attention with his indulging creative pieces.

Beyond Elikem Fiatsi’s visibly painful or hurtful designs, is the message his works connotes.

The crucifixion replica confronts and exploits the stereotypical aesthetics of marginalized citizens within so-called civilized societies.

Born in 1981, Ho, the Ghanaian Kumasi resident creative calls himself ‘‘crazinisT artisT’’ and for years, he has been recognized as an ‘avator’, a multidisciplinary artist and the artistic director of ''perfocraZe'' International Artists.

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Elikem’s works investigate the "culturality" of gender stereotypes and sexual misrepresentation, questioning our extreme quest for socio-cultural supremacy over marginalized people, political injustice, violence, vulnerabilities and human sense of mortality and objectification of otherness.

However, Elikem [crazinisT] uses the body as a thought provoking tool and material while exploring ‘rituals of identity’, gender fluidity and the sense of belonging.

Elikem has been actively engaged in contemporary practices since 2012 and had several solo-interventions investigating the tension between ‘extravagant and voyeurs’, the fraught notion of ‘the public’ through a series of performances, photography, videos, films and installations.

Meanwhile, while students are expected to study hard to obtained the best grades during and after they complete school, scoring all As is an achievement that ought to be celebrated and Nana Adwoa, a student from Wesley Girls finished WASSCE with 8As.

Despite the herculean challenge STEM subjects pose to many students, 17-year-old Nana Adwoa, pulled it off with 8As in all eight subjects including Elective Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Elective Mathematics.

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