The European Union (EU) Delegation to Ghana is organising an art exhibition dubbed ‘In Dialogue’ at Alliance Française Accra from Thursday 4th February 2021 to Wednesday 17th February 2021. The exhibition is curated by Esse Dabla-Attikpo for the Kuenyehia Trust for Contemporary Art, and will display works by 12 young contemporary artists from Ghana and Europe.
The exhibition, free and open to all but on appointment only, aims at supporting Ghanaian youth working in the creative sector. Six (6) Ghanaian artists—Andrews Torsu, Ian Kwakye, Lesley Semackor, Negyem Adonoo, Simon Bowman and Theresah Ankomah, have been selected to create and showcase exceptional works for the exhibition. These talents have each received an artist’s grant that will allow them to create these one-of-a-kind pieces that will be unveiled to the public during the exhibition. The paintings, installations, photographs and digital paintings created, will not only shed light on one or several aspects of the work of the European Union in Ghana, but also aims at supporting youth employability in the creative sector and generating conversations around new and innovative ways to collaborate.
Supported by Alliance Française Accra, ‘In Dialogue’ will among other things enhance the cultural dialogue between Ghana and the European Union through the experiences of six (6) female European artists based in Ghana: Tjasa Rener, (Slovenia), Anne-Laure Gueret (France), Clarissa Rotzel (Ghana/Germany), Ulla Deventer (Germany), Isabel Abreu (Portugal) and Natalija Gormalova (Latvia). Their artworks portray the Ghanaian way of life through a European lens.
The physical exhibition will be accompanied by a series of virtual content shared across the Kuenyehia Trust’s social media platforms. These include interviews of the participating artists, walkthrough video, curator’s video statement and a panel discussion among others.
The unprecedented nature of the current pandemic poses major challenges for all and artists are not left out. This brings us to the highlight of the event which is a panel discussion on Covid-19 and how it has impacted the arts industry. The discussion, slated for Thursday 18th February 2021 at 6.00 pm prompt, will be moderated by Media and Communications Specialist, Marian Toure´. Entitled ‘African Artists and Spaces in the midst of a global pandemic’ the dialogue will draw on industry stakeholders including Joseph Awuah-Darko, Founder, Noldor Art Residency, William Senyo, Director, Impact Hub Accra and Tjasa Rener, Artist and Founder of the Open Studio. They will exchange on the emergence of spaces—physical or virtual—that allow artists to remain active especially in the difficult context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: Thursday 4th February 2021 – Wednesday 17th February 2021
Time: 10am – 5pm Daily
Location: Alliance Française, Accra
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