Va-Bene, ein ghanaischer Performance-Künstler, stellt mit seinen Performances von Geschlechterstereotypen die Wahrnehmung von Geschlecht und Identität in seinem Land auf den Kopf. Er beweist, dass Kunst eine Antwort auf Unterdrückung sein kann und motiviert für das zu kämpfen, wovon man überzeugt ist.
"[sHe/it...]" is my bio-political pronoun”
Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi [crazinisT artisT] born 1981 in Ho, is a multidisciplinary artist and the artistic director of perfocraZe International Artists Residency (pIAR, Kumais, Ghana).
[sHe/it...]'s works investigate the "culturality" of gender stereotypes and sexual misrepresentation, questioning our extreme quest for socio-cultural supremacy over marginalized people, political injustice, violence, vulnerabilities, human sense of mortality and objectification of otherness.
However, crazinisT uses the body as a thought provoking tool and material that confronts and exploits the stereotypical aesthetics of marginalized citizens within ‘so-called’ civilized societies while exploring ‘rituals of identity’, gender fluidity and the sense of belongingness. cazinisT has been actively engaged in contemporary practices since 2012 and had several solo-interventions investigating the tension between ‘exhibitionist and voyeurs’, the fraught notion of ‘the public’ through series of performances, photography, videos, films and installations.
crazinisT has featured in many selected exhibitions including the KNUST End of Year Exhibition (Ghana, 2014), Silence between the Lines (Ghana, 2015), the Gown must go to Town (2015 Ghana), the Return of the Slaves (2015, Elmina castle_Ghana), Protest, (2015, Hazard Gallery_South Africa), TERRITOIRE DE CRÉATION (2015, Togo) Chale Wote Art Festival (African Electronics, Ghana, 2015), ‘if you love me ...’ (2016, Ghana), ‘Cornfields in Accra’, (2016, Ghana), Bone 19 (Switzerland), Rituals of Becoming, (Solo show, 2017, Gallery 1957, Ghana), Orderly Disorderly (Ghana, 2017), Lost and found (Paradiso, Amsterdam, 2018), Past Tell” (Alliance Francaise,Kumasi, 2018), Para-Óther (Chale Wote, 2018), Slow Sunday (London UK), Mindelact (2018, Cape Verde), Time Bomb (2018, New York USA), White Out (2019, NRW Forum, Dusseldorf)