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Atta Kwami

Statement for the Afro Comb Project: It is encouraging for my practice to be collaborating on the project, 6000 years of the AFRO COMB. The comb as an aesthetic object has multiple usage, content and possibilities. A wonderful opportunity to re-interpret a vast array of combs from across the African continent.

Atta Kwami, 2013


Atta Kwami is a painter, printmaker, independent art historian and curator. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Cambridge/Africa Collaborative Research Programme, Art and Museums in Africa (2012/2013). He completed his Ph. D. in Art History at The Open University in 2007. As a Senior Lecturer, he taught painting and printmaking from 1986 to 2006 at the College of Art, KNUST, Kumasi.

A number of his paintings hang in major public collections including the National Museums of Ghana and Kenya, the V&A Museum, London, the National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Newark Museum, USA, The Chazen Museum, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Michigan Museum of Art and The British Museum.

Kwami’s other awards include:

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