What do you see when you look at this design? Chances are, you see colors. Black and white. Patterns, some of which are based on ancient Akan cloth printing traditions.
Now look again.
Do you see the man? This painting by Ghanaian artist Owusu-Ankomah, at the British Museum, seems like a Rorschach test. We focus on seeing color– skin color and race– and we miss seeing the person.
This artwork was commissioned to mark the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade in 2007. The painting’s title is as potent as the patterns. One word: Free.