Entertainment of Wednesday, 11 March 2015
A series of film interviews based on the research project “The Black Stars of Ghana – Art District” that documents the work, experiences and inspirations of contemporary Ghanaian visual artists will be shown on Friday, March 13 2015, at the Nubuke Foundation in East Legon.
The screening will present different Ghanaian contemporary visual artists in separate episodes to an audience of art-lovers and people who are interested in contemporary art.
The project will also provide a forum for the artists to explain and present their individual perspectives and personal stories, thereby recounting the narrative of contemporary Ghanaian visual art from a Ghanaian perspective.
Visual artists as such as Prof. Ablade Glover, Wiz Kudowor, Kofi Setordji, Marigold Akufo-Addo, Larry Otoo, Gabriel Eklou, Kobina Nyarko and Kwadwo Ani are expected to talk about their artistic career, their views on the status of contemporary art in Ghana and the motivations that inspire them to do their best work.
The videos are excerpts from a big archive of research that was started in 2005 by Safia Dickersbach, a Berlin-based Tanzanian curator and publisher.
The conversations that are now presented document the development of visual art and contemporary culture in both practice and discourse in Ghana today.
Before the Friday event, another video “The State of the Art – The Ghanaian Perspective” will be shown on Wednesday March 11, 2014 at the Goethe Institute of Ghana.
The video will bring together all the main characters of “The Black Stars of Ghana – Art District” in one short film.
Thoughts and comments about artistic life and art production in Ghana, as well as current developments in the country’s cultural life are discussed – providing a fertile ground for further discourse and debate on the trajectory of the visual art scene in Ghana and Africa in general.
“The State of the Art – The Ghanaian Perspective” is a compilation of excerpts from a huge archive of research material and conversations which are arranged and presented in a kind of spontaneous collage, bringing together poignant statements and perspectives from the various conversations documenting the development of the contemporary visual art scene in Ghana.
There will be a Q&A session with some of the artists and the curator during both events.