For the first time ever, Ghana will have its own pavilion to exhibit Ghanaian arts at the Venice Biennale.
Ghana is one of seven African countries that are curating their own pavilions this at the Venice Biennale – a convergence of world-class artists and artistic projects.
Ghana’s pavilion has been designed by Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye, he exported Ghanaian soil to Italy to build the historic pavilion.
Adjaye is well known for designing the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, as well as the now controversial National Cathedral that is to be built in Accra, Ghana.
Though the pavilion was designed by Sir Adjaye, the art was curated by Nana Oforiatta Ayim.
Oforiatta brought together six artists that cross gender, generational and geographic divides, Quartz Africa reports.
The artists include those living and working in Ghana and those of Ghanaian ancestry in diaspora (like British- Ghanaian filmmaker John Akomfrah), which is especially poignant as Ghana marks 2019 as the Year of Return to encourage a return home of its own diaspora and the descendants of enslaved Africans around the world.
“Ghana has a cosmopolitan history. People went out to study, for work and some went for political reasons, in exile, so this idea of diaspora is very much part of what our nation is,” Ayim told Quartz Africa in an interview.
Other artists such as Ibrahim Mahama and El Anatsui also have works being exhibited in the pavilion.
We hope this helps improve arts in the country.
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