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Adjoa Armah

Adjoa Armah is a Ghanaian British artist, writer and educator with a background in material anthropology and design. She works across installation, sculpture, sound, public education and photography. Her DPhil in Fine Art Practice focusses on black Atlantic historiography and the ecological implications of racial capitalism.

Adjoa Armah’s (1988, Accra) practice is concerned with the entanglement between narrative form, archival practice, mapping and spatial consciousness, pedagogy, black ontology, ecology, ethnology, and the infra political. 


In 2015, Adjoa founded saman archive, named ‘saman’ after the Akan word used for both the photographic negative and ghost; the ghost is a guiding conceptual figure in Adjoa's practice. Through her archival work, she explores what it might mean to dwell in an archive otherwise, as praxis and an extension of the epistemological horizons of imagination. 

Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at Hauser and Wirth (Menorca), Auto Italia (London), fluent (Santander), Salone del Mobile (Milan), and Espace Niemeyer (Paris). Adjoa has taught across art, curating, design, spatial practices, and writing programmes at institutions including Ruskin School of Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of Westminster, Royal College of Art, and HEAD, Geneva University of Art and Design. Armah holds a Masters in Material Anthropology and Design from University College London. Her work has received support from The British Council, Arts Council England, Graham Foundation and Magnum Foundation.

Adjoa began her DPhil in 2021 in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art and Queens College. Her research is under the supervision of Dr. Onyeka Igwe and Dr. Lennon Mhishi (Pitt Rivers Museum). The working title of her DPhil is, Atlantic Marginalia: Writing Black Historiography with the Temporary Consciousness of Sand, kindly funded by TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.