"When I was young my father made sure I looked good. He told me that if people were to call me a
dirty 'n word', and I knew I wasn't dirty, they had to be racists. They were the enemy .” The
paintings, drawings and exhibitions I make are about forgotten Afrocentric histories , memories
and colonial heritage. Most of these things disappeared in museum depots and colonial
archives . They live on in folklore, folktales and in spirit. With my work I aim to reactivates them, to
give them an improved embodiment and a new voice. This time I turned one of my drawings into
a symbol of activism. Together with Elisabetta Agyeiwaa and Planet AiRich I met up with
activists in my barbershop, to discuss the current state of the African heritage that was stolen in
colonial times. During the gathering we created a small artistic resistance movement protesting
colonial and Eurocentric mentality of the European institutions. We are against these
colonial institutes and we support the return of the heritage of our ancestors.

Richard Kofi © | richardkofiart@gmail.com | Piet Calandlaan 431, 1068 NL. Amsterdam

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