"The title, Nsuo, is the Ghanaian word for water. A nod to my heritage, and the idea that we can find new meaning from different perspectives."
Sika Bonsu is a Ghanaian photographer whose work explores the range of Black life and identity. Bonsu focuses on the natural order of things around her to emphasize an anti-elitist, anti-colorist celebration of everyday blackness. Her images serve as a personal archive that usher in various ways of affirming her culture's past, present, and future.
The artist writes, "Through my visual explorations I ask you to think about what defines the experience of African immigrants in America across various timelines. This starts in the present but also thinks heavily about the future - pulling on past ideas of what representation has looked like for dark skinned people. The works included are compiled and presented as a way of exploring transatlantic ideas of blackness and time. Using photography as a way to identify where we connect but also the things that connect us. The title, Nsuo, is the Ghanaian word for water. A nod to my heritage, and the idea that we can find new meaning from different perspectives. We think of Nsuo as a place to find quiet in the storm, and respite from the realities of being a black person on this planet."
ARTIST GALLERY ROOMS
Book a stay with us to experience Sika Bonsu's artwork firsthand. Eaton’s Art Gallery Rooms invite you to a space of creative interlude--a moment of rest, reflection, and inspiration. The artists selected for this project are rising stars in DC’s rich cultural landscape, and as a guest in their curated gallery room, you’ll have intimacy with artwork not viewable anywhere else.