RUFAI ZAKARI

Bawku, Ghana, b. 1990

Rufai Zakari examines consumerism, environmental pollution, labour, trade, and the perils of industrialization in contemporary Ghanaian society. His art practice involves using found objects including plastic bags, food packages, water sachets and plastic bottles, which are commonly disposed of on the streets of Ghana. He is also the founder of the Rujab Eco-Art Foundation.


Mimicking the traditional medium of painting, Rufai's figurative collages reimagine his female subjects as living a life of luxury, a direct dichotomy of their common life. Zakari fuses plastic scraps, trims and other mediums into form as he would a painting, and stitches them using a rope and needle. By transforming the found object in art, he transforms the life of the women as well, revealing the beauty and vibrancy within them.

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