"Not Black Enough For Brooklyn Not African Enough for Accra": A Ghanaian-American Artist Explores His Dual Identity

Citizins explores his Ghanaian-American identity in his debut solo exhibition, 'Not Black Enough for Brooklyn Not African Enough for Accra.'

Reign Apiim becomes the human canvas of Citizins at Everyday People & Okayafrica's brunch party in NYC. (Image courtesy of Pinc)

Kojo Owusu-Kusi, AKA Citizins, explores his Ghanaian-American identity in his debut solo exhibition Not Black Enough for Brooklyn Not African Enough for Accra. Opening over the weekend at New York’s Stuyvesant Mansion, the exhibit includes art and photographs from Citizins’ recent trip to Ghana.

"Outside I was embarrassed and fearful to show my ‘Africaness,’” says Citizins in a press release. “Then at the same time, fearful to show too much of my Black British and African American side at home.... Then I came across Nkrumah, Fela, Sankara, Dubois and many other Pan-Africanist leaders and then I understood that my burden was a blessing and that I had a mission. I'm stuck in this limbo and I know now that I'm here to bridge the gap.”

Not Black Enough for Brooklyn Not African Enough for Accra, curated by Pinc, is on view and open to the public at the Stuyvesant Mansion in Brooklyn (375 Stuyvesant Avenue) now through December 20. Preview a selection of works featured in the exhibition below.

Keep up with Citizins on Twitter/Instagram/Tumblr.

Artwork by Citizins. All images courtesy of Pinc.


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