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Akirash is born in Nigeria, he studied at the "Institute of Textile, Technology, Arts and Design (ITTAD)" in Lagos and he is living in Accra, Ghana. In his works he experiments different media: paintings, assemblage, sculpture and performance, and they are often related with social thematics.

We went to the studio to ask him some questions about his work and his experience in Amsterdam.
The studio was completely absorbed in his colourful works. Around 10 big canvas were hanging, with bright colors and lot of small objects sewed on them (as for example an Amsterdam tram ticket, beer tops and more). In fact when Akirash travels he tries to get inspired by the place that he visits, without having a previews plan.That is why his last two paintings made in Amsterdam are inspired one by the importance of the bike in the city, and the other one by the Amsterdam World Cup Celebration on the 13th of July 2010.
This paintings-assemblage are a mix of recognizable element of the city enriched by his personal impressions of it.

"My works are in form of psychological finding, expression, experiment, research, through the world of creativity ideas which brings discussions, debates and talks among lots the people without the conventional ink on paper. it opens the eyes of humanity to the spirit of triumphs of life even for one day. my work call attention to those moments. All my life I have loved sharing my creative ideals and thoughts with young talents. My works are assembling, attaching, glue, paints, and its addresses education, social life, culture, political, economy, performances and above all environmental issues."

Ghana
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Nare Mokgotho
Atang Tshikare
Aline Xavier
Haroon Gunn-Salie
Jody Brand
Ziyanda Majozi
Emmanuel Iduma
Simangaliso Sibiya
Razia Barsatie
Jabu Arnell
Tiisetso Molobi
Lazi Mathebula
Pamela Clarkson
Atta Kwami
Mongezi Ncaphayi
Em'kal Eyongakpa
Atef Berredjem
Rehema Chachage
Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rasoul
Moshekwa Langa
Bernard Akoi-Jackson
Helen Zeru Araya
Admire Kamudzengerere
Zanele Muholi
Lara Bourdin
Awaad Issa
Ashraf Moneim
Louis Boshoff
Ruan Hoffmann
Krishna Luchoomun
Sultana Haukim
Adriaan de Villiers
Michele Tabor
Koyo Kouoh
Viktor Ekpuk
Santu Mofokeng
Mihret Kebede
Nisren Abasher Ahmed
Hasan and Husain Essop
Leo Lefort
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi
Akirash
Akintunde Akinleye
Ruan Hoffmann
Michael Tsegaye
Adriaan de Villiers
Zanele Muholi
Hadia Gana
James Iroha Uchechukwu
Mahmoud Khaled
Sarah Erzfinke
Batoul Shimi
Thierry Mandon
Gabriel Kemzo Malou
Ngone Fall
Odili Donald Odita
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Victor Ekpuk
Doreen Southwood
Clifford Charles
Assefa Gebrekidan
Guy Wouete
Thulani Shongwe
Nicholas Hlobo
Doreen Southwood
Odili Donald Odita
Rehab El Sadek
Papisto Boy
John Murray
Isaac Carlos
Rose Kirumira
Dominique Zinkpè
Senzeni Marasela
Tarek Zaki
Kheto Lualuali
Meshac Gaba
Rafs Mayet
Henk Rossouw
Nawaal Deane
Darryl Accone
Louis Mhlanga
Krishna Luchoomun
Moss Mogale
Samson Kambalu
Abrie Fourie
Dominique Fontaine
Ilse Pahl
Saliou Traore
Alassane Drabo
Harry Mutasa
Moshekwa Langa
Jeremy Wafer
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