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 Ghana Freedom


  • TUE - SUN
    10 AM - 6 PM

    FRI - SAT UNTIL 5 OCTOBER
    10 AM - 8 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Commissioner: Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
Curator: Nana Oforiatta Ayim.
Exhibitors: Felicia Abban, John Akomfrah, El Anatsui, Lynette Yiadom Boakye Ibrahim Mahama, Selasi Awusi Sosu.

Description

Titled Ghana Freedom, after the song composed by E.T. Mensah on the eve of the birth of the new nation in 1957, the pavilion curated by Nana Oforiatta Ayim examines the legacies and trajectories of that freedom by six artists, across three generations, rooted both in Ghana and its Diasporas: through archives of objects in large-scale installations by El Anatsui and Ibrahim Mahama; representation and portraiture, both in the studio work of Ghana’s first known female photographer Felicia Abban and imagined by painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye; the relativities of loss and restitution in a three- channel film by John Akomfrah; and, lastly, in a film sculpture by Selasi Awusi Sosu. The elliptically shaped design of the pavilion by Sir David Adjaye explores the intersection of ideas linking the works.


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