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Godfried Donkor
(Ghanaian, born 1964)
17 – 25 November 2022, 17:00 GMT
London, New Bond Street

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Godfried Donkor (Ghanaian, born 1964)

fibreglass, acrylic paint and varnish
140 cm (diam), base: 28 x 137 x 137 cm


The inspiration for my globe was the theme The Reality of Being Enslaved. I started by looking at, and thinking of, all the enslaved peoples of the world - currently, from antiquity and throughout history - and trying to imagine the most important preoccupation that they would have: namely, and by any means necessary, to flee from that state and take flight towards the ideals to which all humans aspire.

Godfried Donkor is a Ghanaian artist, living and working in London, who has exhibited in Cuba, Mexico, the US, Europe and Africa. He is known primarily for his work in collage, and has been described as similar to Keith Piper and Isaac Julien in his output. He is a multidisciplinary artist interested in the socio-historical relationships of Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. Donkor also has enlarged his practice to painting studying the relationship between slave trade and boxing in his exhibition with Gallery 1957 in 2021, London, UK. Godfried's work for Denmark Hill station marks the artist's first permanent public commission. He worked with a wide range of local partners - including the Camberwell Ident.

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