Mawuena Kattah

About

Mawuena Kattah’s practice draws upon an extensive personal archive of family photographs taken in Ghana over the past two decades and more recent studio photographs of family taken in London. She brings people and pattern together in complex, vibrant compositions that entangle an aesthetic and social syntax. Through immersive installations that place textiles, painting and ceramics together to create semi-domestic spaces within the gallery or museum, Kattah invites her audiences to share in her multi-layered experience of collectivity and kinship.

www.mawuenakattah.com
 @mawuenakattah.artist

Ceramics, Textiles and Works on Paper

Archive Film

Archive

Intoart, Mawuena Kattah, Research
Intoart, Mawuena Kattah, Research
Intoart, Mawuena Kattah, Research
Intoart, Mawuena Kattah, Research
Intoart, Mawuena Kattah, Research
Intoart, Mawuena Kattah, Research
Intoart, Mawuena Kattah, Research
Intoart, Mawuena Kattah, Research
Intoart, Mawuena Kattah, Research
Intoart, Mawuena Kattah, Research
Intoart, Mawuena Kattah, Research
Intoart, Mawuena Kattah, Research

Biography

Kattah’s paintings, prints, ceramics and textiles have been exhibited in major contemporary art galleries and museums in the UK, including acquisition of works by the Arts Council’s National Collection and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Kattah’s work has been shown in significant group exhibitions in the UK including, ‘Criminal Ornamentation’ Curated by Yinka Shonibare MBE, ‘Walls Have Ears: 400 Years of Change’, Aston Hall (2018), Whitechapel Gallery (2009) and Studio Voltaire (2012) and solo exhibition at Tenderbooks (2016), following a placement in the Victoria and Albert Museum ceramics studio to develop a new body of work.

Solo Exhibitions
  • 2016
  • Ceramics, Textiles & Works on Paper, Tenderbooks
Publications
  • 2016
  • Mawuena Kattah, Ceramics Textiles and Works on Paper
Group exhibitions
  • 2020
  • Collect 2020 - Somerset House, London - Winner of Outstanding Display
  • 2020
  • Tell me the story of all these things - Firstsite Gallery Colchester
  • 2019
  • Criminal Ornamentation - Hayward Touring / Arts Council Collection group exhibition curated by Yinka Shonibare MBE
  • 2019
  • Pots and Podiums - Charing Cross Hospital, London
  • 2018
  • Pots and Podiums - St Mary's Hospital, Paddington London
  • 2018
  • Walls Have Ears - 400 Years of Change, Aston Hall Birmingham
  • 2017
  • Fashioning Space - Victoria and Albert Museum
  • 2016
  • The Long Nights: Intoart Winter Exhibition - Whitfield Street London
  • 2016
  • Intoart Annual 2016 - Percy Street London
  • 2015
  • Intoart Annual 2015 - Studio Voltaire London
  • 2014
  • Practice Makes, Peckham Platform
  • 2012
  • Intoart Print Collection, Peckham Space
  • 2012
  • SV12 Members Show, Studio Voltaire
  • 2011
  • Verovisation, MAD Musee Belgium
  • 2010
  • No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern
  • 2009
  • See the Revolutionary Art Exhibit, Whitechapel Gallery
  • 2009
  • Magnetic Forces, Trongate 103 Glasgow
  • 2008
  • SV08 Members Show, Studio Voltaire
  • 2007
  • Different Spaces, Studio Voltaire
  • 2006
  • Space Mapping, Studio Voltaire
  • 2005
  • Animal Mineral Vegetable, South London Gallery
Collections
  • 2020
  • Victoria & Albert Museum - Large Glazed Ceramic Tiled Frieze
  • 2016
  • Arts Council Collection - Painted Portraits on Paper
Film Screenings
  • 2017
  • Ceramics, Textiles & Works on Paper - Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival
  • 2016
  • Ceramics, Textiles & Works on Paper - Victoria and Albert Museum
  • 2014
  • Intoart Archive, Tate Britain
  • 2010
  • A film made according to instructions by Mawuena Kattah with Lenka Clayton, Tate Modern and Whitechapel Gallery
Group catalogues
  • 2010
  • See the Revolutionary Art Exhibit. Published by Intoart
  • 2007
  • The Studio Project: Opening Art Practice. Published by Intoart
Public events and symposia
  • 2014
  • House of Voltaire
  • 2014
  • Live Archive Part 2, Tate Britain
  • 2014
  • Opening Up Collections, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • 2013
  • Live Archive Part 1, Tate Modern
  • 2013
  • Live Research, Tate Modern
  • 2011
  • Verovisation Symposia at MAD Musee, Belgium
  • 2009
  • See the Revolutionary Art Exhibit, Whitechapel Gallery
Artist mentor/Workshop facilitator
  • 2013–15
  • Practice Makes, Tuke School, Peckham Platform
  • 2013
  • Ceramics Collective, The Gate, V&A Museum
  • 2012
  • Reproduction, Peckham Space
  • 2007
  • The Studio Project book launch, Studio Voltaire