ACCRA ART SEEN: ARCHIAFRIKA EXHIBITION AND KENTURAH’S ‘THE MARCH’

A HISTORY OF JAMESTOWN: AN EXHIBITION THROUGH THE EYES OF AN INDIGENE

ArchiAfrika Design and Architecture Gallery in Jamestown, Accra opens the exhibition; “Through the Eyes of an Indigene” tonight (Friday 26th February 2016) in the historic Tarquah House in Jamestown.

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This event serves to introduce ArchiAfrika and friends to their new community and family in their new home. The highlight of the event will be an exhibition on the history of Jamestown by architect, historian and former Mayor of Accra Honourable Nat Nuno Amarteifio, as a contribution by ArchiAfrika to the archiving and development of the Old City.

The gallery is located in Tarquah House on John Atta-Mills Street just after Ussher Fort, next to the Old Kingsway Building. Join in for cocktails, music and an evening of lively engagement!

19H00 TODAY, 26TH FEB 2016
THE ARCHIAFRIKA DESIGN + GALLERY
Next to Ussher Fort and the Old Kingsway Building in Jamestown

 

THE MARCH BY KENTURAH DAVIS

In development with Kuyum Arts Investigation Project

The March is a visual and performative piece that weaves together ideas about history, allegiance, pride and protest. Using the function of a flag as the point of departure, it considers the power of cultural symbols to project strength and solidarity. In a world that’s increasingly connected through digital platforms, it raises questions about how we, as individuals, choose our allegiances and how will they project our story. A series of portraits of various artists are drawn on large-scale flags that integrate coding technology to make them interactive. Each image on the flags are made by applying QR (quick-response) codes with rubber stamps to the material to create a pixelated portrait. The stamped code links to this site. A kaleidoscope of images, texts and profiles will be continuously added to this page, looking to our creative community as guides that help reconfigure history and new narratives that can guide us through social unrest.

This piece investigates some of the objectives of Afrofuturism and its goal of offering alternatives to current modes of representation of people of color. Its final manifestation will consist of sculpture, dance and a video projection. Kuyum dance company will interpret the symbolic weight of the flags through their choreographed movements as standard-bearers, as protesters and as guides leading us toward a better world. The choreography will incorporate vigorous contemporary African movements fused with neo-traditional elements and visual images that capture the imagination of the viewers with fast flowing scenes. Four young dancers will explore movements with the flags that convey the urgency of grappling with broken and breakable states, war, poverty and political corruption.

19H00 TODAY, 26TH FEB 2016

Alliance Francaise d’ Accra.

Behind Opeibea Hse. Airport Res. Area

 

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Author: Kwame 'Write' Aidoo

Kwame Aidoo, also known as Write is a fond reader, writer and lover of music and the arts, with a degree in Biochemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Tech., Kumasi and a certificate in Cultural Organizations in Transition from University of Lüneburg. He founded the creative activism movement: Inkfluent which curates Slam Ghana, The Write Experience, Vocal Portraits poetry albums, Slam Lab and the biggest literary festival in Ghana; Nkabom Literary Festival. Aside Ghana, where he is based, he has shown work in Brazil, Togo, Austria, France, Benin, Germany and Burkina Faso and most recently Norway with Aurora Ekvatorialis; a light sculpture and texts collaboration with Norwegian artist Toril Johannessen, exhibiting at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, 16.9.2016 – 15.1.2017.

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