Adjoa Armah

Adjoa Armah is an artist, anthropologist, archivist, and writer based between London and Cape Coast. In 2015 she founded Saman, an archive of photographic negatives collected across Ghana that currently number approximately 100,000 images. Named Saman after the Akan word for ghost, also used to describe the photographic negative, the ghost is a central conceptual figure in her practice. Her research interests are broadly in technologies, as efficacious actions on subjects and objects, and Black ontologies. Adjoa’s writing has appeared in publications including Afterall journal, MAP Magazine, Nataal, Nii Journal, Seventh Man, Vogue, office magazine, and something we Africans got. As an educator, Adjoa works between art and design. She is associate lecturer on Fine Art: Critical Practice at Central Saint Martins, running an elective course titled Technologies of the Self as part of this role. She has given guest lectures at University of Westminster, Ruskin School of Art at University of Oxford, and Royal College of Art.


Interview – Adjoa Armah of Saman Archive