Biography

Photo by Dennis Akuoku-Frimpong
Photo by Dennis Akuoku-Frimpong

Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi also known as crazinisT artisT is a Ghanaian multidisciplinary artist living and working in Ghana. He was born in Ho, Volta Region of Ghana in September 1981.

 

crazinisT artisT got his Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts - BFA (Painting) in 2014 from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana where he is currently pursuing his MFA.

 

Since 2013, he began an endless journey of investigating and questioning social constructivism of human existence and its relationship with the "culturality" of gender stereotypes and sexual misrepresentation.

 

His belief in unconditional love for humanity, regardless of one’s sense of belonging or identity, pushes his works to investigate and question our quest for socio-cultural supremacy over marginalized people, political injustice, violence, vulnerabilities, human sense of mortality and objectification.

 

However, he uses his body as a thought provoking tool and material that confront and exploit the stereotypical aesthetics of marginalized citizens within ‘so-called’ civilized societies while exploring ‘rituals of identity’, and the tension between ‘exhibitionist and voyeurs’, the public and privacy through performance photography, nomadic performance (the walking art), experimental 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), Protest (2015), TERRITOIRE DE CRÉATION 5ieme édition, Chale Wote Art Festival(African Electronics, Ghana, 2015), ‘if you love me ...’ exhibition, (x in REd, 2016, Ghana), ‘Cornfields in Accra’, (frozen, 2016 Museum of Science and Technology, Ghana by blaxTARLINES), Bone 19, (performance art Festival, Bern, Switzerland), Rituals of Becoming, (Solo show, Gallery 1957, Ghana), Orderly Disorderly (Ghana, 2017).

 

He had several solo performances in both Ghana and Togo. In 2015, he had his second and third collaborative performances with an Italian anthropologist, Natascia Silverio who was making a study on visual anthropology and art. Both of them put a performance together with Dean Hutton, a South African photojournalist who moves beyond the constraints of still imagery, and also practices as a visual artist in video, installation, intervention and performance art.