Biography

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

"sHit" if not "she"

Note: [sHe/it...] is Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi's [crazinisT artisT] bio-political pronoun. Anyone or any institution can 'responsibly' use any pronoun of their preference for crazinisT artisT, otherwise just use "sHit" and “sHits”

 

Born 1981 in Ho, Ghana, Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi [crazinisT artisT] works internationally but lives in Kumasi, Ghana. sHit is a multidisciplinary “artivist”, founder and artistic director of perfocraZe International Artists Residency (pIAR) which aimed at promoting exchange between international and local artists, activists, researchers, curators, and thinkers. As a performer and installation artist, crazinisT investigates gender stereotypes, prejudices, queerness, identity politics and conflicts,  sexual stigma and their consequences for marginalized groups or individuals. With rituals and a gender-fluid persona, sHit employs sHits own body as a thought-provoking tool in performances, photography, video, and installations, ‘life-and-live-art’ confronting issues such as disenfranchisement, social justice, violence, objectification, internalized oppression, anti blackness, systemic indoctrination  and many more. 

 

crazinisT has performed and exhibited across the globe including countries such as Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Switzerland, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, Cape Verde, USA, Spain, Brazil, France and UK

 

sHit has featured in several selected exhibitions and festivals which includes Festival Arte Negra - FAN (Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2019), Chale Wote 2019, FITRIO (Rio Preto, Brazil, 2019) White Out (NRW Forum, Dusseldorf, 2019), Interval 10 (Essen Germany, 2019) Slow Sunday (London UK, 2018), Mindelact (Cape Verde, 2018), Performance Reihe Neu-oerlikon (Zurich, Switzerland, 2018), Time Bomb (New York USA, 2018), Lost and found (Paradiso, Amsterdam, 2018), Passing Through—Acts of Radical Empathy (Solo show  Gallery 1957, Ghana, 2018) Past Tell” (Alliance Francaise, Kumasi, 2018), Para-Óther (Chale Wote, 2018), Rituals of Becoming, (Solo show Gallery 1957, Ghana, 2017), Orderly Disorderly (Accra, Ghana, 2017), Beyond Rituals, Villa Waldberta (Munich Germany 2017), ‘if you love me ...’ (Kumasi, Ghana, 2016), ‘Cornfields in Accra’, (Ghana, 2016), Bone 19 (Switzerland, 2016), Silence between the Lines (Kumasi, Ghana, 2015), the Gown must go to Town ( Ghana, 2015), the Return of the Slaves (Elmina Castle Ghana, 2015), Protest (Hazard Gallery, South Africa, 2015), TERRITOIRE DE CRÉATION (Lome, Togo, 2015), African Electronic, (Chale Wote Art Festival Ghana, 2015), the KNUST End of Year Exhibition, Nubuke Foundation (Accra, Ghana, 2014).