Blaykyi Kenyah

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Published November 15, 2019
October 23, 2019

Blaykyi Kenyah is a visual artist from Accra, Ghana, where he lived until moving to the United States to earn a bachelor of arts degree in politics from Princeton University. His latest project, Secret Places, was a culmination of a photographic investigation of urbanity in one of Ghana’s small towns through temporal and geographic suspension and obscurity. Kenyah says, “When I decided to be an artist, I think, one big difference between me and lots of artists is, there are lots of artists who have a natural talent that they … get complimented on and it slowly grows and then they realize maybe they can make something of it, and so they do. I was not planning on being an artist until maybe two or three years ago, and when I came to it, I had never handled a brush, a paint brush. The only reason I can do this is because 1960s and 1970s conceptual artists who decided for us … that you don’t need skill to be an artist. You need good ideas, and the skill will come, the skill can be learned.”

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Interview, camera and production by RH Alcott

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