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The Mattress Factory is an artist-centered museum, international residency program and renowned producer and presenter of installation art. We say “yes” to artists, offering time and space to dream and realize projects in our hometown, Pittsburgh, PA. We invite audiences from around the world and around the corner to step inside, immerse and connect with the artistic process.

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Friday, May 17th 2024

Opening: Akwasi Afrane

Join Mattress Factory for the opening of a new solo exhibition from artist Akwasi Afrane at 500 Sampsonia Way.

Afrane was selected for exhibition by a panel of Mattress Factory Alumni artists through International Open Call. Artists who have worked in residency with Mattress Factory offer perspective unlike any other, one that is deeply familiar with the museum, engaged in many aspects of the contemporary art field, and invested in pushing our exhibitions in new directions. The artist alumni panelists for the 2022 International Open Call were Vanessa German, Sohrab Kashani, Christopher Meerdo and Sarah Oppenheimer.

Beverages will be available to purchase.

There is limited parking at our lot located at 505 Jacksonia Street, as well as street parking in the surrounding neighborhood.


About Akwasi Afrane:

Akwasi Bediako Afrane (b. 1990) is a Ghanaian artist living and working in Kumasi, Ghana. His works explore the idea of augmentation and extensions between technological gadgets and humans. He works with discarded electronic gadgets which he refers to as “amputees”. He refashions and repurposes these amputees into machines and micro-organisms he describes as “TRONS”. These TRONS become potential platforms and media for reflection, engagement and interactions. His TRONS, stripped bare of their familiar housing become mechanical gizmos subsumed with the consciousness of previous owners of these gadgets and himself.

who IT’s For

Free and Open to All

Date & Times

May 17th, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


500 Sampsonia
Akwasi Bediako Afrane, PO-EM, 2022, created as part of the TRONS ‘R’ US project. Image by Camille Blake

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