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The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations

The Meeting of Light and  Earthly Gravitations

The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations and other works
by Senam Okudzeto
I had the pleasure to see Senams latest works and want to share it with all of you. Most of the pieces are very very fragile and delicate. She is showing during Art Basel on SATURDAY between 12 and 5 pm at Projektraum Bollag at Gärtnerstrasse 50  4057 Basel. Otherwise she is showing by appointment only. In case you want to see her work, and can not come on Saturday, please email her to senam.info (@) gmail.com
Senam Okudzeto works with a wide range of media, including social sculpture, installation, painting, film, and text in her methodological “Afro-Dada” practice; an ongoing exploration of material culture which presents unexpected juxtapositions of objects and images in the context of West Africa’s modernist narratives and her fluid identity as an African who is of European of U.S. American descent.
The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations
The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations (2016–2017), is to be read as a complex and articulate system relating specifically to the artist’s experience of being in Rome for a year-long fellowship at the American Academy. This work is a part of her ongoing “Afro-Dada Glossolalia” project, and contemplates the question of what might be left of the soul of a being, and also of an object, as it travels through time, space and changing cultural contexts
The piece contains a number of references, ranging from the paintings of Caravaggio through to early Byzantine readings of crystal and the preponderance of “carciofi” in everyday Roman life. The video component depicts the annual Pentecost service at the Pantheon church in Rome, which ends with the congregation being showered in rose petals, which are scattered through the iconic oculus of the building. The petals metaphorically reference the “gifts of spirit”- speaking in tongues that Pentecost celebrates, but the ceremony’s origins predate Christianity to early pagan Rosalia festivals.
Okudzeto’s work attempts a powerful mapping system; derived from the idea that memory, time, space and distance could be described through objects as a series of encounters with events. This work takes its departure point from an earlier multi-media installation; Portes-Oranges, (2003-2007) and is a re-working of a previous installation of The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations (2016), which was shown at the American Academy in Rome at the exhibition Cinque Mostre (2016).
The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations

The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations

Senam Okudzeto (b. 1972, Chicago) lives and works between Basel, London and Accra. Okudzeto has a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (1995), and a Masters degree in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, (1997). She completed the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2000) and is a PhD candidate in the program of Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Her work was featured at Dada Afrika, Museum Rietberg (2016), the 14th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul Modern (2015), the Menil Collection, Houston, (2012), the ICA, Boston (2011), the Stedlejik Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2011), PS1 MoMA (2007), 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).
Okudzeto has published numerous peer reviewed essays and texts in publications such as the Journal of Atlantic Studies (Routledge, 2012), Grey Room (Spring 2008) and Art Journal (2009). She was the first artist to serve on the editorial board of the CAA publication Art Journal and has taught academic and fine arts courses in Europe, the USA and West Africa, including the Kunsthistorisches Seminar, University of Basel, The International Summer Academy, Salzburg, NYU Study abroad campus, Accra, CCA Lagos and the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Basel. She is the founder and director of Art in Social Structures (AiSS), an artist-led NGO that supports education and heritage initiatives in architecture, visual culture and the arts in Ghana.
Okudzeto is the recipient of several fellowships and awards including, a research fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2003 – 2004) and the Edith Bloom/Jesse Howard Junior Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (2015 – 2016).

The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations

The Meeting of Light and Earthly Gravitations (2016), and other works
Hand-blown lead crystal, leather, UV glue, iron sculptures, oranges, wood, electric cables, gaffer tape, metal post card rack, acrylic ink drawings on paper, metal ladder, foam, LED light bulbs and lamps, video; 3:48 mins, (NTSC) 4:3, (loop).

LISTE 1997 – 2002







I love the newsletter with all the previous LISTE posters. I chose a selection from 1997 to 2002 but there were so many other cool ones too. maybe I should have shared them all. well, too late now. anyway, see you there and lets see lots of nice things. X

LISTE – Art Fair Basel
Burgweg 15, CH- 4058 Basel

Tuesday to Saturday, June 16-20, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 21, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.



when I was walking thru the streets of basel in order to get some fashion inspiration I stumbled upon this cute outfit and I had to share it with you. unfortunately I was a bit in a hurry so I couldnt ask her for her name or the clothes she was wearing but I have found some similar pieces that I wanna share with you now:


i saw something nice

so in case that you see yourself here please contact me <3




NEW YORK, NY 10012
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM . (212) 563-7821

what a dress! I just got an email from Nathalie Karg Gallery announcing the last week of Liz Markus’ work. for my NYC followers/readers 🙂



so what can I tell you about this show. It is not part of Art Basel but it is located just behind the art unlimited in hall 3. to be very honest I didnt see all the rooms because of the long queues. but what I saw I either liked or I tried to understand the meaning and thoughts behind the artwork. one of my favorite rooms was the one by DAMIEN HIRST. I have visited the 14 ROOMS on different days and saw that there are not always the same people in the room. I saw the dark haired twins, the blonde twin girls and the rasta boys who werent twins. Sadly one is not allowed to take photos inside the show. but here you can find more information about the project and some photos –> https://www.artbasel.com/en/Basel/About-the-Show/14-Rooms



london fashionweek 2014

Freemasons’ Hall
Great Queen Street
WC2B 5AZ London

thank you @Felicities for inviting me to the FASHIONSCOUT shows.
It was a blast. the nice lady from THE BODY SHOP booth freshed up my lipstick and there was a little lounge to have some free drinks and rest the legs. I had a good time watching the Basharatyan V. fashionshow. see you next fashionshow in september! xx




his collection is inspired by the early baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi and has a very dark approach with a lot of black and heavy, stiff materials. what I really liked were the coats jackets and blazers. I was sitting in the second row. which was not a bad place to sit but still I couldnt take perfect photos of the outfits. here are some outfits that I have seen via jetsetfashionmagazine.com and worldsno1model.com and nowfashion.com




Jean-Pierre Braganzas hand out says:

A collection for an elegant, modern, woman with dark edge; she is intelligent, ambitious and inabashedly enjoys her successes to the fullest.

thank you very much for inviting me. I had a lot of fun watching your show. and I am already looking forward to see your SS15 collection in september.

well, ladies, what do you think about his collection? would you wear it?



I was at the VOLTA 9 art fair and rented a camera for one hour at the OLYMPUS promo booth in front of the hall – what a cool marketing idea – you can rent a camera for one hour and keep the SD card with your photos – so cool!

As I walked thru the fair I spotted different shoes – flats, pumps, platforms, wedges, sneakers – in bright and shimmery colors –
which are your favourite?

Camera – Olympus OM-D