Dr. Ekua McMorris is an inter-disciplinary artist, researcher and academic skills tutor on the Graduate Diploma in Art and Design programme.
Ekua received her practice led PhD in photography from the University of Brighton in 2018. Her MA in Fine Art Photography was completed at the RCA in 2009, and in 2006 she graduated with a BA in Fine Art Photography from London Metropolitan University.
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Ekua’s visual and research practise explores the politics of race, memory, narratives and belonging against the backdrop of British colonialism. She examines these concepts by interrogating personal narratives, as well as delving into her family’s historic and cultural background as a source of investigation.
Ekua is particularly interested in how the mechanics of photography can be used to reaffirm and or recreate forms of identity. Focusing on family narratives, memories, and photographs, her practice examines some of the larger themes surrounding Black British cultural identity and its relationship with Britain’s colonial past to the present day.
Focusing on the power of the photograph and how it may be used to reaffirm and/or recreate ideas surrounding African and African Caribbean identity, Ekua’s practice and research analyses questions exploring authenticity, hyper-visibility and invisibility.
Doctoral Scholarship, Arts and Humanities (2014–18)
Techne Associate fellowship (2014–18)
Current and recent projects
Sowing Roots / Garden Museum London, 2021-22
Drummer Warrior Storyteller / The Hackney Social London, 2021
Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes
Sowing Roots and Hanging Fruit: Gardeners’ Question Time | 2022
Landscaping: Access All Areas | 2021
Reparative Histories 2: The Making, Re-Making and Un-Making Of 'Race' Brighton | 2017
Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association San Diego | 2017 Popular Culture
Association & American Culture Association Seattle | 2016
Difference: Fear, Fascination and Foreignness Glasgow | 2016
Sowing Roots | Garden Museum London, 2021-22
Drummer Warrior Storyteller |The Hackney Social London, 2021
Imaginative Investigations Brighton | 2017
This Has Nothing To Do With Politics London |2014
Hack The Barbican London | 2013
Celebrating 175 years of the RCA London |2012
RCA Black London | 2011
Serious Play London | 2011
International Departure Italy | 2010
Gender and performance London | 2010 Shadow of a Doubt Paris | 2009
The Future can Wait London | 2009
Milestone London | 2009