Hakeem Adam is a Ghanaian artist-in-learning and freelance arts and culture writer exploring the power of narrative, transmitted through various creative outlets including poetry, creative writing, photography, video art and sound design. He is also the founder and creative director of DANDANO, a Pan-African cultural platform for African film and music criticism and documentation. His work is fixated on broadcasting ideas that help our collective investigation of themes such as identity, emotion, politics and freedom.
He completed a degree in Psychology and English from the University of Ghana in 2017 but is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist. He has worked with publications like OkayAfrica, 10and5, Dynamic Africa, Roads and Kingdoms, Culture Trip, ACCRA[dot]ALT and Circumspecte as a freelance writer. Hakeem Adam’s current practice involves developing a methodology for employing sound as the predominant narrative device in video art.
Contact: tuffassassin11[at]gmail[dot]com / dandano.site[at]gmail[dot]com
Winner: PORTRAITS GHANA PHOTO PRIZE 2018
ColabNowNow, Maputo Fast Forward and British Council Southern African Arts. Mozambique 2018
Mujahid Series. CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival 2018. Accra, Ghana
Ground Games. Okay Space. New York, 2018. Curated by Atim Annette Oton and Okay Africa.
The Grassi Museum in Leipzig, East Germany. June 2018
In Memoriam: Portraits of the Middle Passage, In Situ/The Nkyinkyim Installation; by Kwame Akoto Bamfo, curated by Daniel Dunson. Three poems. (June – September 2017).
The Rest Is Noise – An Experimental Sound Installation. Performed at An African Walks Into An Echo Chamber by Accra Theatre Workshop. (September 2017)
Kobi Onyame Versus The Artist – Many Studios, Glasgow 2018 (group exhibition)
Convergence Festival 2018, London; British Council Delegate
DANDANO: an online platform focusing on African film and music.” BubbleGumClub. July 2017.
Travel Diary: How Hakeem Adam Fell In Love with Maputo In 10 Days. OkayAfrica. November 2018.
Published writing (Arts and Culture):
Accra[dot]Alt (13) : Hakeem Adam
OkayAfrica (20): Hakeem Adam
Africa Is A Country: Hakeem Adam
Culture Trip (30): Hakeem Adam
Roads and Kingdom (2): Hakeem Adam
Circumspecte (25): Hakeem Adam
Dynamic Africa (15): Hakeem Adam
What’s On Africa (3): Hakeem Adam
Thought Catalog : Hakeem Adam
10and5 (3): Hakeem Adam
Poetry: The Lost Scrolls
Published work [Literary Mags]:
Sisa Marauders (AFREADA)
On The Return (Brittle Paper)
Essays and non-fiction.
Pseudo-Intellectual Feminism: A Good Example of Bad Behavior (Circumspecte) and An Encounter with Ghana Must Go Writer Taiye Selasi (My Personal Fave!)
Talking to Bubblegum Club South Africa about my work with DANDANO.