Biography




Dela Anyah (b. 1986) is a Ghanaian visual artist whose practice spans sculpture, installation, film, and photography. Primarily focused on researching the histories and environmental impact of discarded tires in Ghana, Anyah's work is manifested through storied and subversive works inspired by avant-garde fashion, historical media accounts, and pop culture.

Anyah was an artist in residence at the Noldor Residency in 2022. The following year, he was the Second Runner Up for the Kuenyehia Prize. His work is included in the collections of the Celine Art Project (Puerto Banus), Sir David Adjaye (New York, London, Accra), Kuenyehia Collection, the Institute Museum of Ghana, and the Isshaq Foundation in Accra, Ghana.

Selected solo exhibitions include: Nubuke Foundation, Accra (2023), The Noldor Residency, Accra (2022)

Selected group exhibitions include: The Anzai Gallery, Tokyo (2024), Museum of Science and Technology, Accra (2023), Institute Museum of Ghana, Accra (2023), Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York (2023), Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen (2023)



Artist Statement 



Day after day, hundreds of drivers and cyclists visit numerous repair shops across Ghana to service or replace their tires and inner tubes. Unfortunately, these shops often become dumping grounds for discarded tire waste, as old tires are left behind. Vulcanizers are then burdened with disposing of this waste, often resorting to burning or allowing it to accumulate, posing environmental concerns. Many view these materials as worthless once they've fulfilled their original purpose and are damaged. However, I see potential for new life in these seemingly valueless objects, akin to the concept of rebirth. 

My work involves deconstructing and reconstructing these discarded objects to shed light on their industrial histories, materiality, cultural relevance, and their impact on climate change. 



Work CV
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