Just Like Us

Eric Gyamfi

Eric Gyamfi (Ghanaian, b. 1990) is a lens-based artist living in Accra, Ghana, who uses his work as a window to explore and help bridge realities that exist both inside and outside of his own experiences. He is currently a second-year fellow attending the annual Goethe-Institut Photographer’s Master Class (Khartoum, 2016; Nairobi, 2017). Gyamfi is also a recipient of the Magnum Emergency Fund (2016) and participated in the World Press Photo Foundation Masterclass West Africa (Accra, 2017).

Gyamfi received a bachelor’s degree in information studies and economics from the University of Ghana (2014) and studied photography at the Nuku Studio in Accra. The Open Society Moving Walls Grant will support the expansion of his “Just Like Us” project, including a touring exhibition and public programming. 

Artist Statement

Eric Gyamfi

Who are the friends and couples in these photographs and how do they live their everyday lives? What are their motivations and beliefs? How do their lives and experiences intersect with mine? How similar or different are we?

The photographs in Just Like Us are the beginnings of an ever-evolving journal on the lives of some of my friends in Ghana, whom I consider to be collaborators of the work.

—Eric Gyamfi, October 2017

Moving Walls is an annual exhibition series that explores a variety of social justice and human rights issues through documentary practice, and is produced by Open Society’s Culture and Art program. Moving Walls is exhibited at our offices in New York, London, and Washington, D.C., and includes five to nine discrete bodies of work.

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