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Breaking down artistic barriers in Ghana

Nana Oforiatta-Ayim on why it is an exciting time culturally in Ghana right now “Right now, artists are using their paradigmatic freedom and the multifariousness of input to create art that’s breaking through…

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The Monumental Landscape: François-Xavier Gbré in conversation with Brendan Wattenberg and Emmanuel Iduma

© François-Xavier Gbré, Swimming pool III, Bamako, 2009. Courtesy of Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan.   In the summer of 2010, François-Xavier Gbré was sent to assist an eminent American photographer on a fashion…

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Chale What?

ACCRA [dot] ALT’s Sionne Neely on Ghanaian emerging practice and their synonymous Chale Wote Street Art festival. Each year the CHALE WOTE street art festival transforms old Accra into a live cultural museum,…

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The Animal Guides of Ewe Kente

Ewe kente and its zoocentric symbolic language is one of Ghana’s intangible traditions. Master weaver Bob Dennis Ahiagble is taking steps to ensure its survival.   Ewe kente – ‘Asidanuvo’ hand picked “one-sided”…

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lettera27 & Megumi Matsubara On Language

“When we close our eyes, what do we see?”: a simple question posed by a Japanese artist opened a door to an exquisite dialogue upon language and its power to communicate. Another Africa…

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Tracing Emerging Contemporary Art Practice in Nigeria

Exploring the nexus of Nigeria’s local and diasporic artistic production   © Nkiru Oparah, poetics of reverie, 2014.   Often referred to by some as the “Giant of Africa”, Nigeria has long been…

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Expanding intercultural dialogue in Nigeria

Marc-Andre Schmachtel on the Goethe-Institut and its commitment to intercultural exchange and local artistic discourse 2012 saw the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Goethe-Institut in Lagos, Nigeria. Originally established in 1962–two…

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Emerging Abroad: Contributing to Nigerian art from afar

In conversation with Nkechi Ebubedike on her experience as a young artist connected to but working outside of Nigeria   © Nkechi Ebubedike, Bright Boys, 2011.   “Why not focus on any culture’s…

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