For her exhibition at Flat Time House (FTHo), after two years in discussion with John Latham’s poetry, writing, and the domestic space of FTHo, Ntiense Eno-Amooquaye presented a new performance piece 'Art Deco Zebra Crossing' alongside a series of new paintings 'The Language of Rights'.
Central to 'Art Deco Zebra Crossing' is a stage set comprised of a velvet dressing screen and silk wall hangings that act as a backdrop for the performance of a poem written and performed by Amooquaye and presented here as a short film.
To perform the poem, Eno-Amooquaye designed a bespoke printed silk dress featuring hand drawn motifs that reference recurring themes in the text. Completed in 2021, the performance builds on previous performances ‘The Vocal Project’ at Peer, London (2018), and ‘Dress Poems’ at Museum Texture Kortrijk, Belgium (2017) exploring the intersections of writing, scenography and performance.
Amooquaye’s series of six new paintings on paper, completed in the summer of 2021, incorporate bold images and handwritten text. This work combines textual and visual research developed in the artists’ home during lockdown in 2020. The paintings reference the Suffragettes and the Black Lives Matter movement. Titles include: ‘Africa The New Work of Experience’, ‘Different Sides of People Talking of Their Power’, ‘The Language of Rights’ and ‘Justice Overview and the Roots Shooting Up’. (Ntiense Eno–Amooquaye 2021)