Installation view of Derek Fordjour’s work on display in NGV Triennial from 3 December 2023 to 7 April 2024 at NGV International, Melbourne. Photo: Sean Fennessy<br/>

Derek Fordjour

Photo: Chase Hall

Derek Fordjour
United States born 1974

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NGV International
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Ranging from painting and sculpture to installation and performance, Derek Fordjour’s exuberant and multi-layered works feature athletes, performers and other archetypes central to cultural rituals and communal rites of passage. This exquisite sculpture, Dual Acquisition, 2022, depicts a game of marble solitaire and is part of a recent body of work in which he explores magic as it relates to power and race throughout American history.

Derek Fordjour is an American interdisciplinary artist and educator of Ghanaian heritage who works in collage, video/film, sculpture and painting. Fordjour was born to parents of Ghanaian heritage. He is a graduate of Morehouse College, Atlanta, and earned a master’s degree in art education from Harvard University and an MFA in painting from Hunter College. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and Hyperallergic, and he has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair and Forbes Magazine. His work is held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Art Gallery of New South Wales; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Purchased with funds donated by July Cao, 2023