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Joshua Donkor
Artwork materials: 
Oil and transfers on board
Artwork size: 
60 x 60 cm
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This portrait is part of my ongoing series 'Ancestral Foundations'. The painting depicts my cousin Lulu when she was a child growing up in London. This work focuses on her childhood memories and experiences of growing up in a Ghanaian household. It aims to capture her and the experiences/histories that informed her childhood and went on to influence her adult perspective. The images embedded within the portrait come from a series of family photo albums chronicling some of our family history, from our fathers growing up in Asokore, Ghana to moving and settling in the UK. The backdrop shows the silhouette of Lambeth Bridge, an area a stone's throw from where my cousin grew up, the use of the hazy transfers and silhouetted architecture act as a metaphor for our fading memories of our pasts.

This portrait is accompanied by a recorded conversation in which my cousin recalls her childhood and discusses her hopes for future generations of the African diaspora living in the UK.

Joshua Donkor

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