Senam Okudzeto
Photo: Lyle Ashton Harris
Photo: Lyle Ashton Harris

b. 1972, Chicago

Senam Okudzeto is of American and Ghanaian parentage and spent her childhood living in the United States, England, Ghana, and Nigeria. Informed by and drawing upon this transnational background, Okudzeto works with a wide range of mediums, including installation, painting, film, and text, to explore ideas of global connectivity, modernity, and the evolving relationship between Africa, its diasporas, and the world.

Okudzeto graduated with honors from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, in 1995, and earned her MA in painting from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1997. She subsequently completed the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2000) and is currently working toward a PhD in cultural studies at the London Consortium, Birkbeck College, University of London.

Okudzeto has taught at a number of institutions and serves as a board member on the Global Agenda Council for the Role of the Arts in Society at the World Economic Forum, Geneva. She is also a member of the artists’ collective Tropical Goth. In 2007 she founded Art in Social Structures, a non-governmental organization based in Ghana that works on education and social development projects funded and administered by artists. Okudzeto was granted a research fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2003), was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (2002), and has completed residencies at Stiftung Laurenz-Haus, Basel (2002), and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2000– 2001). Okudzeto’s solo exhibitions include Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, Austria (2009); and Portes Oranges, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (Now MoMA PS1), Long Island City, NY (2007). Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as Dance/Draw, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2011); Informaliteit: kunst, economie, precariteit, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2011); Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris (2005); and Freestyle, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2001). She represented the United States at the 7th Dak’Art, Dakar (2006).