Art in the Diaspora

Thomas Fynn Celebrates African Culture with ‘Spirit Possession’ Exhibition

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Renowned Ghanaian photographer Thomas Fynn has brought his captivating exhibition, “Spirit Possession: Celebration of Ghanaian Faces, African Culture, and Heritage,” to California.

Thomas Fynn collaborates with U.S. photographer Thomas Appleton Lamb and textile artist Allyson Allen. (Image Credits: GNA)

This cultural showcase, runs from June 1 to June 29, 2024, at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) in Santa Ana, highlights Ghana as a prime tourist destination and promotes cultural appreciation.

Fynn collaborates with U.S.-based photographer Thomas Appleton Lamb and master African-American textile artist Allyson Allen. This exhibition is part of the Juneteenth Celebration, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

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A native of Moree, Ghana, Thomas Fynn serves as the Executive Director of FYNNexhibits. He passionately preserves and promotes Ghana’s cultural diversity and natural beauty. His exceptional contributions to the arts have earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious World Master Award in Arts and Culture in 2010.

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Fynn and Lamb have worked together for over 30 years. They started with a collaboration on a USAID project for Kakum National Park. Meanwhile, Allen, an award-winning artist, has showcased her unique textile art globally for over three decades. She is skilled in contrasting traditional Ghanaian fabrics with contemporary textiles.


Derrick Chidumebi is a creative writer and growth marketer hailing from Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Chemistry from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria, and is the founder of The Eko Place, a media/marketing agency based in Lagos, Nigeria. Currently, he serves as a writer for Art Network Africa.

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