Emmanuel Opoku’s work elaborates on the role of the found object in contemporary art and in a global context. His works are realized utilizing the common Ghanaian cultural practice of repurposing broken materials into new products. Growing up in Ghana, he saw electronics and appliance shops everywhere, but despite these sources for commodity exchange, there was always a belief that all broken objects still have value. Memories are transformed into a continuous experience with everyday objects and materials, whereby he navigates issues of commodity and utility by weaving and joining materials and objects. Opoku’s work references the geographical, cultural, psychological, and material space of both Ghana and US with the use of found objects collected from thrift stores and friends. Architectural materials are juxtaposed with other domestic items, such as food utensils that are re-contextualized to elicit social roles. The collection of the things is intended to demonstrate a unique logic born out of his understanding of value, space, and materiality. His work builds new personal narratives and new meanings for familiar functional objects such as doorknobs, showers heads hair clips and pans that he combines and juxtaposes in his assemblages.