EXHIBITION AND BOOK LAUNCH: KIOSK CULTURE

Kiosk Culture is an exhibition, book launch and discussion, taking place on Saturday, 31st October from 12pm – 4pm, at the newly opened ANO Centre for Cultural Research. Kiosk Culture explores the Kiosk Structure, seen by some in Ghana as an eyesore, but it is also a ready solution to some of the problems we currently face: low-income housing and small-scale business models, and has the potential to become a homegrown symbol of innovation and ingenuity. The Kiosk Culture exhibition will show sketches by Tema-based architect DK Osseo Asare, the works of young architect Latifah Idriss, drawings by artist Yaw Brobbey Kyei and a specially made kiosk and film by cultural historian and filmmaker Nana Oforiatta Ayim.

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Nana Oforiatta-Ayim posed in front of her Living History Hub, Chale Wote Festival 2015

There will be the launch of the book, Kiosk Culture, the first in a series of publications by ANO, documenting historical and contemporary cultural production in Ghana. And a discussion between the artists and stakeholders: government officials responsible for the kiosks and their demolition, as well as kiosk dwellers, to explore avenues through which the kiosk structure can be validated and taken forward. A specially designed soundscape created by Sound Artist Lawrence Baganiah, made up of layers of kiosk sounds and ambience will be performed during the opening by the artist.

“Kiosk culture can be technologically advanced by recognizing kiosks as not simply micro-architectures, but potentially as micro-architectural robots: small building-spaces that create more than shelter; using the techniques of construction that already exist within kiosk culture to expand its domain–both by considering as architecture things like small-scale infrastructure, that many might otherwise not consider as such, and by making kiosk micro-architectures into machines.” – DK Osseo Asare

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Go join Ano Ghana for the Kiosk Culture Exhibition and Book Launch at ANO Centre for Cultural Research at the Efua Sutherland Avenue, Dzorwulu-Abelemkpe Traffic light, towards Dzorwulu Special School, first gate on the right, next to Marvels Mini Gold Course, tomorrow- Saturday 31st October, 12pm – 4pm.

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DJ STELOO, SERGE ATTUKWEI AND MORE FOR HAMBURG’S “WE DON’T CONTEMPORARY” FESTIVAL

Some sort of creative breeze is currently running through the nostrils and hairs of young Ghanaians and some seem to be here to stay. Artists are going all out, exploring their passions to indulge, engage audiences be it here or wherever. Two main aspects of their ingenuity is the theme of alternate means and use of mixed media. In a world, where the digital system is the wheel on which almost everything runs and the local is gradually fusing with the global in terms of socio-cultural interactions and idea streams, there’s more to push for. Though the economy is not directly affected, especially on this side of the coin, there are many possibilities.

DJ Steloo has been a mainstay in Ghana and West Africa’s biggest street art festival, Chale Wote Festival, aside other spaces like Republic Bar & Grill, Osu which hosts weekend and mid-weekly live performance events over locally brewed cocktails that will make one ask for more. Aside Steloo’s crowd pulling edge and interesting fashion taste, his house music mixing touch and electronic music blends make him a musical genius in his own rights.

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                      (DJ Steloo at work, picture credit: Accra photos)

It’s amazing to know that Zohra Opoku, who is of both Ghanaian and German parentage has the honour of curating a section of this festival dubbed WE DON’T CONTEMPORARY at Kampnagel. Her section is located in the west-wing and will feature music, fashion, live performances and art from and around West Africa.

Labadi-based visual and performance artist Serge Attukwei’s work finds definition in “what we can do with what we have” or “how do you bend the colonial and post-colonial remnants into a new voice for personal and societal revolution”. He has been very successful in impacting on young artists from the region who are as well socially-conscious and ready to put in some work to let their art speak. The group “Golokal” was born out of that vibrant voice. At the junction where environmental issues, politics and culture meet, Serge looks into the global fields with afro-futuristic lens on as he explores with mixed media installations and performance at this festival.

(Work by Serge Attukwei. photo credit: Zohra Opoku)
                (Work by Serge Attukwei. photo credit: Zohra Opoku)

Wiyaala will wow you! Her confidence, hip gyrations and seasoned voice as if sharpened off harmattan blades, make her a stand-out! Her show would climax the experience and would of course spew the original traditional character or ingredient needed to pacify the theme through costume and content. This comes after her sold-out show at the +233 Jazz bar and Grill in Accra a few days ago.

Other artists exhibiting are Mansa Leuba (GN/CH), Drexciya (DE/BF) and Emeka Elams (US/NR). Each of these young world class personalities bring a new vibe and fresh perspective to the table.

(Emeka Elams, photo credit: artist)
                                (Emeka Elams, photo credit: artist)