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5 Contemporary Artists in Ghana | The country has produced some very contemporary and prolific artists in the field of contemporary artistry who use unique and unconventional methods in their works.

In no particular order, www.asiwomewrites.com brings you a compilation of some prolific artists who have excelled in their creative and artistic endeavors bringing Ghana to the fore of global recognition from The Culture Trip and KuulPeeps.

IBRAHIM MAHAMA

5 Contemporary Artists in Ghana

Ibrahim Mahama, born in 1987 conceives large-scale installations by stitching together old jute sacks by draping them over architectural units.

Mahama who lives in Tamale obtained his Masters in Fine Art in Painting and Sculpture in 2013 from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – KNUST, Kumasi. He also possesses Bachelor’s in Fine Art in Painting in 2010 from the same university in Ghana.

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His work which is a monumental sculpture of stacked ‘shoeshine’ boxes, pointing to the recurring themes of national decay and collapse was showcased during the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, 2015.

Mahama believes that objects, residues – stained, broken and abandoned, but bearing light – might lead us into new possibilities and spaces beyond.

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SERGE ATTUKWEI CLOTTEY

5 Contemporary Artists in Ghana

Serge Attukwei Clottey, born in 1985 in Accra is known for his plastic patchwork installations, performance, charcoal portraits, photography, and sculpture. The artist interrogates personal and family narratives, as well as collective histories, and maps consumerism to trade and migration.

Clottey refers to his work as “Afrogallonism”, a concept that confronts the question of material culture through the utilization of yellow gallon containers.

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In his most recent series of wall pieces, he utilizes flattened Kuffuor gallon, jute sacks, discarded car tires, and wood pieces to form abstract formations onto which he inscribes patterns and text.

In doing so, the artist elevates the material into a powerful symbol of Ghana’s informal economic system of trade and re-use. While some surfaces resemble local textile traditions such as ‘Kente’, a key reference in west African Modernism throughout the 20th century.

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BRIGHT ACKWERH

5 Contemporary Artists in Ghana

Bright Ackwerh is a believer in administering art to conceptualize possibilities, forecast future happenings, and engage society at the moment with blunt colorful counter-narratives, as opposed to the media misrepresentations.

He uses painting, illustration and street art to create solid satirical statements. His work has addressed illegal mining, police brutality, neo-colonialism, political malpractices and the deadlock that makes it difficult or unreasonably pricey for artists from Africa to collaborate with their counterparts from other continents.

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He was the 2016 recipient of Ghana’s Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Ghanaian Art held at the ringway estates in Accra.

He draws huge inspiration from Fela Kuti and other great African heroes as the subject of his works depict the unapologetic in relaying his messages.

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PAA JOE

Paa Joe with one of his Fantasy Coffins

Paa Joe, born in Accra in 1947 is a maker of uncanny palanquins and fantasy coffins. He is one of the top 5 Contemporary Artists in Ghana. He began his career in the workshop of Ghana’s first fantasy coffin fabricator, Kane Kwei.

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Paa Joe started his own set-up in 1976 and trained several artists. His fantasy coffins are in the collections of many art museums worldwide, and he has had his work shown in parts of Europe, Japan, and the USA.

Many books and films, like ‘Paa Joe and the Lion’, have been made in tribute to his art.

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KWAME AKOTO-BAMFO

Kwame Akoto-Bamfo

Kwame Akoto-Bamfo’s installation of 1,200 concrete heads, called Faux-Reedom, depicts Ghana’s reticent ancestral echoes. The work was unveiled at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum on Ghana’s 60th Independence Day in March 2017.

The inquisition is stemmed from the reality of continuation, perseverance, and reverberation in an Africa (with focus on Ghana) where independence from colonial rule accommodates underdevelopment across the board.

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Kwame as well as specializes in fusing digital arts of graphical painting, 3D modeling, and visualization, with traditional media. When he is not creating in the studio, he spends time lecturing at various tertiary institutions.

Kwame Akoto-Bamfo Sculptures Depicting Slavery

 

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Prophecy: COVID-19 Will Be Defeated In 10 Days from Today – Apostle Evans Tawiah

COVID-19 will be defeated in 10 Days – Apostle Evans Yaw Tawiah

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Prophecy: COVID-19 Will Be Defeated In 10 Days from Today – Apostle Evans Tawiah

As the world grapples with managing and finding a lasting solution to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Evans Yaw Tawiah has prophesied the defeat of the virus in ten (10) days.

The Apostle of Souls for Heaven Ministry, based in Koforidua in the Eastern Region revealed yesterday in a Facebook post, that the novel COVID-19 will be a thing of the past in 10 days.

“God has answered our prayers. In 10 days, COVID-19 will be a thing of the past. Keep on trusting God,” he posted.

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The Apostle of the gospel, who also doubles as the owner of the Koforidua based radio station, Emak 97.7 Fm in an exclusive interview with www.asiwomewrites.com further stated that the defeat of COVID-19 which is in 10 days, starts from today, Monday, March 23, 2020.

“The Lord told me (Apostle Evans Yaw Tawiah), in 10 days, starting from today, COVID-19 will be defeated.”

He, however, cautioned that times are evil and called on all to come to Christ because we are in the end-time.

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Apostle Tawiah urged every Ghanaians to partake in the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo’s call for the nation to fast and pray on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

He also appealed to the general public to take all precautionary measures and the directives given by the Ghana Health Service and the president respectively.

 

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COVID-19: Singapore Set Aside S$1.6 million For Arts And Culture

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SINGAPORE: About S$1.6 million will be set aside for the arts and culture sector as part of support for the community amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and to prepare the sector for “post-disease recovery”, announced Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng on Friday (Mar 6).

“We want cultural performances to continue during this time as the arts inspire us and lift our spirits, as long as necessary precautions are in place. This is what MCCY (Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth) agencies and institutions – including NAC (National Arts Council), NHB (National Heritage Board) and PA (People’s Association) – will commit to, where possible,” he said in his Committee of Supply speech.

“We also want to encourage arts and culture practitioners to take this opportunity to develop their capabilities and better position themselves for the future.”

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Part of the S$1.6 million will include a subsidy of 30 percent for venue rental and associated costs for arts and culture activities from Mar 7 to Jun 30.

This will be applicable at national cultural institutions such as the Esplanade, Arts House Limited venues, and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

In addition, the National Arts Council will provide a one-time, enhanced capability development grant for individuals and arts organizations.

The aim of this grant, which will open to applications from Mar 16, is to promote upskilling and organizational capability development, said Mr. Baey.

These two initiatives are part of the Stabilisation and Support Package announced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat during his Budget speech. The package was introduced to help stabilize the economy amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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“Arts groups and practitioners, including those who enjoy subsidized rentals under NAC’s arts housing scheme, can benefit from both initiatives,” said Mr. Baey.

The Package includes a training support scheme for self-employed persons, who will be paid S$7.50 per hour as training allowance when attending eligible programs.

NAC will continue working with SkillsFuture Singapore to curate arts and culture courses for arts freelancers to complement existing initiatives like the Arts Resource Hub.

“We encourage all eligible arts and culture professionals to tap on the available measures, including subscribing to the Arts Resource Hub, which is free, and prepare themselves for the post-COVID-19 upturn … We encourage arts practitioners to support one another during this time,” Mr. Baey said.

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Kwahu Traditional Area Has Called Off Kwahu Easter Celebration

The annual Kwahu Easter and all other activities associated with it has been called off by the Kwahu Traditional Area

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Following the directives from Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana on the novel Coronavirus – COVID -19 outbreak, the Kwahu Traditional Area has called off the annual Kwahu Easter celebrations.

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In a release dated March 16, 2020, and signed by Samuel Tuffour, registrar of the Kwahu Traditional Area, one week, forty days observation and funerals in Kwahu must be on hold indefinitely.

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