Kelvin Haizel

Kelvin Haizel


Kelvin Haizel is a multi-disciplinary artist. He uses installations, mixed media and performance as a way of confronting his solitude. His work explores the intersections of the individual as part of a larger community and the effect of this individual as a community unto him/herself. Through these subjects he revisits his own nostalgia for growing up in a large family and also in boarding school. He graduated with a BFA (Painting) degree from the college of Art and Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2010. In his final year he won the first prize for the Paa Kwame Award for Painting.

Prior to graduation he had two solo exhibitions; In trance (Kumasi, 2009) and Contemporary Shaman (Kumasi, 2010). He also performed Hitch hike on the streets of Johnson's Creek, Wisconsin (2008). In 2012 he performed washing my dirty clothes in public at the Accra Mall. Haizel has also participated in group exhibitions, workshops and residencies; Dubois in Our Time sound/video art workshop and exhibition (March, 2014) organized by Nubuke Foundation in collaboration with University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Uzora Projects and VAN Lagos, Nigeria; Global Crit Clinic workshop (2012-2014) facilitated by Kianga Ford, Miguel Luciano and Shane Aslan Selzer; MUSES exhibition at Goethe Institut (December, 2013); We are Africa exhibition at Nubuke Foundation (May, 2013); Neither Black nor white organized by Studio Kurtycz (November, 2011); MUNYU Matters Arising, exhibition at the World Bank Office in Accra (October, 2011). Haizel has been teaching Art and Theory of Knowledge at Tema International School since 2012. A member of the Exit Frame Collective, he contributes actively in critiquing what essentially defines cultural production in Ghanaian contemporary art.



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