The Kindred

“The Kindred” is a body of paintings that connect symbology, iconography and lyricism to thoughts of nostalgia, unification, and self -affirmation. It discusses interpersonal connections that exist amongst the trans-global black community. The works in this series collectively creates a narrating tableau promoting concepts of interdependence, peace, unification and collaboration. The heads of the subjects are replaced by a bicycle wheel, a motif deployed in the series that symbolically represents movement, coordination, balance and collective labour, symbolically referencing my focus on interpersonal relationships that exists among marginalized communities.

Using Ghanaian Adinkra symbols and dreamlike narratives, this project centralizes ancient African traditions within narratives of harmony and connectivity, truce and alliance, depicted in the attire of the subjects.