My practice explores the journey to personal authenticity. I’m interested in how my African heritage contrasted to my British surroundings/upbringing has affected my identity. I like to explore these experiences and effects of dual identity to determine and question my presence. I aim to figure out how to be a true reflection of what I want to be. 

a Black British Ghanaian artist born and raised in North London. Wendy’s interested in how as individuals, we search for our own true authentic selves.

Working across mediums such as moving image, photography, collage and text, I aim to visualise these feelings and redefine them in a way that shows that highlights the importance of breaking barriers and pushing the freedom to be whoever you want to be. 

wendy asumadu

future plans

I currently have an exhibition on at The Trophy Room (Liverpool), where I’m showing a video series that I have been working on called ‘The Search for Authenticity’. The ongoing series consists of conversations I have with people whose identity has a massive effect on their lives and the people around them.

 

I’m still finding new people for my video series so I plan to continue with that. But, I don’t like to plan to much, or the magic and ‘authenticity’ goes away.

Growing up, I frequently felt I wasn’t ‘Ghanaian’ enough. People said I spoke too ‘white’ or laughed because I couldn’t speak my families native tongue ‘twi’ properly. But then around my English / British friends, I never quite fitted in. There was always something different about me in all social aspects of my life. This had a massive effect on my identity and I never really knew who I was. But I got to a stage where I was sick and tired of people trying to tell me who I am, who I should be. 

 

My work aims to explore these trauma’s so I can discover the authentic me, irrespective of what the people around me think.