Born 1981 in Ho, Ghana, crazinisT artisT is a multidisciplinary artist and artistic director of perfocraZe International Artists Residency (pIAR), which sHe/it launched in sHits own studio in Kumasi, Ghana. SHe/It describes it as a « performance hatchery, incubator, laboratory, and interactive platform, » aimed at promoting exchange between international and local artists, activists, researchers, curators, and thinkers. As a performance and installation artist, crazinisT investigates gender stereotypes and their consequences for the marginalized. With a gender-fluid persona, the artist often uses sHits own body as a thought-provoking tool, and through performances, photography, video, and installations, confronts issues such as disenfranchisement, social justice, violence, objectification, and more. crazinisT has performed or exhibited in Germany, USA, Ghana, South Africa, Switzerland, Netherlands, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Brazil, UK, and Togo.
Note: [sHe/it...] is crazinisT artisT’s bio-political pronoun. Any one or any institution can 'responsibly' use any pronoun of their preference for crazinistT artisT, otherwise just use "sHit" and “sHits”.
crazinisT artisT believes performance is an embodiment of life, perhaps subtle but intensive and ephemeral, which can provide an intimate dialogue between the performer and the audience (co-performers). It is important to use performance and rituals as potent medium to re-examine our own colonial history of dynamic experiences and effects. The project Performance Rituals is an artistic exploitation of artists / performer's body as medium for rituals and mediator between the work of art and the audience. It is to challenge the self and the ‘other’ using performance as an intervention, interactive art and an act of social change. The projects also focused on investigating the 'experimental' relationship between contemporary performance art, rituals and performative objects or materials. Performance rituals however borrowed from/through research and experimentations how to transform daily ordinary rituals, objects and experiences into artistic practice and visa versa. It duels on many questions that revolve around the concept of identity performativity and socio-cultural performance rites.
The Residence in Images
CrazinisT artisT was in residence at Camargo in 2019, thanks to the support of Institut français as part of the program Visa pour la Création.