As a Ghanaian-American transdisciplinary artist, Ama BE's research-informed practice centers around material that carry antithetical ties to hegemonic trade, violent labor migrations, spirituality, and holistic remedy. She works largely with botanical materials like tobacco, sugarcane, oil palm and cotton (lace), in ritual-adjacent performance, screen-based and digital media to explore the ways in which we embody our associations with these materials. She probes at the porous spaces between time, materiality, sentience and memory to stage contemporary embodiments of these material histories and nuance value structures. Her practice questions the effects of commodification on these bodies as she traces their lineages of form to reimagine contemporary function(-s).
Layering and superimposition are recurrent tools she uses to articulate permeability between material matter and the archives of memory. Her layered sonic landscapes, simple repetitive gestures, cumulative layers of material directly onto her body in performance and video work, open propositional and suggestive spaces within material encounters. Her practice is interested in translating the enigmatics of memory and labor into a syntax grounded in metrics and algorithmic principles.In obscuring definitions of place, presence, and embodiment, she plays with ideas of time collapse in her work to develop conceptual frameworks for African "futurist" performance art.