DANIEL MENSAH(SCRAPA)

 

Artist Statement

Scrapa’s approach to graffiti stems from a deep inclination towards hip hop culture and its many variables. His practice tells a story of a once revolutionary movement that spread across the globe through music, poetry, dance, performance and visual art. The culture, through the popularity of social media and new technology, has assimilated into its current destinations. He uses graffiti as a medium to construct and convey issues afflicted on his society by embracing the guerilla and rebellious characteristic it is associated with. He does this by empowering this bold medium through new forms of visual representation and unconventional approaches to produce his work, be it through encroached spaces or negotiated ones of a politically charged history. He assumes the persona of a social commentator whose critiques on the society is through the lens of the hip hop culture and all its ability to be disseminated widely without prejudice to any genre he decides to deal with. His compositions contains obscene, vulgar language and iconography he subverts as a tool of power and strength.

Biography

 About

Daniel Mensah aka “SCRAPA” was born in Accra, Ghana in 1992. He acquired a BFA Degree in Painting and Sculpture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ashanti Region of Ghana in 2017. Scrapa possesses a versatile  personality of which includes: content creation, digital management, Social Media influencing, modelling, acting, music production and song writing, YouTuber and an Artist. His art practice is  an articulation of variances dealing with elements of hip hop culture that is graffiti.  He uses hip hop as a subject matter and attempts to exploit its transcultural potential. His works appropriates and extends the aesthetics and iconography within its culture and usually takes the form of murals and installations. His works are mostly on public and private buildings. 

EDUCATION

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting & sculpture – August 2014 – June 2017

Ghana Senior High School, Koforidua, WASSCE (Visual Art) – September 2008 – August 2019

EXHIBITIONS

Orderly Disorderly, Accra- Ghana | June, 2017

The Show, Kumasi – Ghana | May 2018

VIBES, National Theatre, Accra- Ghana | August, 2018

Luminescence. Alt carbon, Accra – Ghana | May 2019

Truth or Dare, Accra- Ghana | August, 2019 

On The Cusp, Stellenbosch Triennial, Cape- Town – South Africa | February, 2020