Yaw Owusu creates sculptural installations that repurpose found objects, shifting the value of otherwise-worthless materials into things of beauty. Built from countless pieces of loose change known as ‘pesewa’ coins, his work activates urgent questions around economic and political independence of Ghana. First introduced as an attempt to cure the country’s inflation in 2007, these copper coins have almost no value in today’s financial climate. The artist acquires the coins by negotiating with Ghana’s banks – a bureaucratic process that is important to the artist.
Owusu studied at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, graduating with a BA Fine Arts degree in 2016. His works have been included in exhibitions across Ghana and is in the permanent collection of Musée d’Art Contemporain Africain Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech.