As part of the year of return activities, the Kuenyehia Trust for Contemporary Art is pleased to present ‘Diaspora – from local to foreign’ an exclusive exhibition featuring Yaw Owusu, Sela Adjei, Isshaq Ismael, Isaac Opoku.
The eventis slated for Thursday, December 5 to Thursday, December 26 at 1 First Close, on the Dodi Link road, Airport Residential Area, Accra (opposite Claron Medical Centre)
The Ghanaian artists selected are among the 42 shortlisted artists of the Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Art over its six years of existence. The showcased works will communicate the artists’ interpretation of issues pertaining to identity.
As we celebrate the Year of Return, the resilience of Afro-Descendants and their ability to overcome a traumatic past the exhibition seeks to question and highlight the complex relationships between Ghana, its Diaspora and the Global African Family.
The exhibition will explore defining one’s identity and navigating between several spaces; the welcoming country and the country of origin, the foreign and the local. As the Ghanian author Taiye Selasi puts it “Don’t ask where I am from, ask where I am a local”. But what does it mean to be a local?
Artists, being the visionaries they are, will through their works definitely spark insightful conversations on the Diaspora, the foreign and the local.
The event is supported by Accra Brewery Limited, GIHOC, Imperial Homes, Vihama Energy, and Alliance Francaise Accra.
The Kuenyehia Trust for Contemporary Art is a not-for-profit organization established by Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia in 2014 to support emerging and mid-career Ghanaian and African artists, advance contemporary Ghanaian art locally and internationally, promote a vibrant market for art locally and encourage art literacy in Ghanaian society.
The flagship of the Trust, the Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Ghanaian Art identifies, rewards and helps develop Ghana’s most outstanding artists between the ages of 25 and 40. Winners and runners-up benefitted from prize money and materials totalling thirty-five thousand cedis (GHS 35,000) in 2018. The Prize contributes to the Ghanaian art ecosystem by inspiring Ghanaian and African artists to produce work that will attract both local and international audiences.