Claudio Eshun (Ghanaian, born 1996) is a Worcester-based photographer who depicts his friends and family in expressive tableaus, utilizing costume and performance to create evocative compositions. Elegant Alien is a continuing body of work that Eshun has created about his family’s history of immigration from Ghana and through Italy, as well as their creation of a new home in America. He explores the deconstruction and reconstruction of identities, as well as the accompanying tensions of alienation, adaptation, and assimilation. His photography reflects and reimagines scenes from his own personal history, and explores his multifaceted identity as an African, Black, hyper-visible, yet invisible man in America.
Eshun has exhibited at the Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge), Beacon Street Gallery (Brookline), and the White Room (Worcester). He is also the creator and publisher of dromo, an independent zine for first generation immigrants of African descent and independent artists.
This Central Massachusetts Artist Initiative is supported by the Don and Mary Melville Contemporary Art Fund and John M. Nelson Fund.