Kudjoe Affutu

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Hen coffin by Kudjoe Affutu (2008)
Center Pompidou coffin by Kudjoe Affutu (2010)

Kudjoe Affutu , also Kudjo Affutu (* 1985 in Awutu Bawyiase , Central Region, Ghana ) is a Ghanaian coffin artist .

Live and act

From 2002 to 2006, Kudjoe Affutu completed his training as a coffin artist with the internationally known coffin artist Paa Joe in Nungua ( Greater Accra ). Since 2007 Kujdoe Affutu has had his own studio in his hometown Awutu in the Central Region, where he makes figural coffins, figural sedan chairs and other sculptures for Ghanaian funerals as well as for art museums, private collectors and artists. In Europe in particular, Affutu has made an international name for itself with its participation in various exhibition and art projects. Among other things with his interpretation of the comix figure Pulp invented by the artists Isabelle L. and MS Bastian (2008 and 2011), as well as with his collaboration with the artist Ataa Oko for his exhibition "Ataa Oko" in the Collection de l'Art Brut in Lausanne. Kudjoe Affutu's works can be found in the collections of the Museum der Kulturen Basel and the Musée d'ethnographie de Neuchâtel , among others .

Commissioned works

  • 2011. Africa Pulp for the artist couple MS Bastian / Isabelle L.
  • 2011. Lobster coffin for the Tinguely Museum Basel.
  • 2011. Car sculptures for the museum shop of the Tinguely Museum Basel.
  • 2010. Pompidou coffin for the artist Saâdane Afif .
  • 2010. Fridge coffin for the artist Thomas Demand.
  • 2008. Three figurative coffins for Regula Tschumi .
  • 2007. Africa Pulp for the artist couple MS Bastian / Isabelle L.
  • 2006. Sculptures for the museum shop of the Kunstmuseum Bern .

Participation in group exhibitions

  • 2020 mourning. On loss and change , Kunsthalle Hamburg , Hamburg.
  • 2018/19 Make Unforgettable , Museum der Völker in Schwaz, Tyrol
  • 2017/19 L'impermanence des choses . African pulp, permanent exhibition in the Musée d'ethnographie de Neuchâtel .
  • 2017/18 Jambo Afrika , Tropenhaus Wolhusen, Switzerland.
  • 2017 Accra: Portraits of A City , ANO Gallery Accra.
  • 2016/21 large. Things, Interpretations, Dimensions , permanent exhibition at the Museum der Kulturen Basel.
  • 2016/18 C'est la vie in the Natural History Museum Bern.
  • 2012/13 Hors-champs , Musée d'ethnographie Neuchâtel.
  • 2011 fetish car. I drive, therefore I am. Tinguely Museum Basel.
  • 2011 La carte d'après nature , Matthew Marks Gallery New York.
  • 2010/11 La carte d'après nature , Nouveau Musée von Montecarlo, curated by Thomas Demand.

Sources and individual references

  • 2018. Africa-Pulp , Alice Henkes in: ARTMAPP, March – June 2018, pp. 38–43.
  • 2014. Regula Tschumi : Hidden Art. The figural sedan chairs and coffins in Ghana. Edition Till Schaap, Bern. ISBN 978-3-03828-098-9 .
  • 2014. Regula Tschumi: The buried treasures of the Ga. Coffin art in Ghana . Bern: Edition Till Schaap, pp. 110–117, 231. ISBN 9783038280163 . A revised new edition of Benteli 2008.
  • 2012. Regula Tschumi, "Death bed for a living person. A coffin for the Center Pompidou", in: Eva Huttenlauch (ed.), Saâdane Afif. Another Anthology of Black Humor. Nuremberg: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Verlag für Moderne Kunst, pp. 57–72.
  • 2011. Tinguely Museum (Ed.), Fetish Auto. I drive, therefore I am . Heidelberg. Sweeper.
  • 2010. Regula Tschumi. Lit de mort pour un vivant. Un cercueil pour le Center Pompidou , in: Saâdane Afif (ed.), Anthologie de l'humour noir . Paris: Editions Center Pompidou, pp. 37–51.
  • 2010. A walk in the park , Thomas Demand in: Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (ed.), La carte d'après nature . London: MACK, pp. 92-113.

Web links

Commons : Kudjoe Affutu  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. 2010 Ataa Oko , exhibition catalog, edition of the Collection de l'Art Brut. Gollion: Infolio, p. 140.
  2. The "African Pulp" are works by MS Bastian and Isabelle L. They were made on their behalf by Kudjoe Affutu in Ghana. Regula Tschumi supervised and documented this work on site. Photos in Regula Tschumi: The buried treasures of the Ga, Edition Till Schaap, Bern 2014, pp. 112-13, published.