Performatively charged and bursting with innovative power, Nathi.Aha.Sasa. worked as an homage to the rich contemporary art scene of Africa while connecting the continent with the Diaspora.
C&: You said earlier that arriving in Bahia from Ghana felt like coming home. Could you elaborate on that?
Zohra Opoku: Brazil is known to have the largest population of Afro-descendants outside of Africa. Coming to Salvador, things couldn’t have felt any more authentic to me. I am speaking about the warm climate; the light with the fog touching the mountains at sunrise; particular smells; soul food; the sound of drums; and, most of all, people with a way of approaching you as if you were already a member of their family. Identifying as a German, Afro-German, African, Ghanaian, Obroni, Asante, I am just in the right place in Brazil, the embodiment of hybridity. I’ve learnt to live like a chameleon, and that has influenced my work a lot. What I want to express is how hybridity can be used in a positive way to search for belonging, and to blend in or even disappear.