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My FAD Magazine Venice Biennale highlights #3 #Ghana #pavillion @worldoffad ————————————- Ghana’s first foray into the Venice Biennale is accomplished and educational. Titled ‘Ghana Freedom’ and curated by Nana Oforiatta Ayim, if features paintings, photography, video and sculpture created by Felicia Abban, John Akomfrah, El Anatsui @anatsuie Lynette Yiadom Boakye @lynetteyiadomboakye Ibrahim Mahama and Selasi Awusi Sosu. These are all installed within a bucolic structure designed by British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye @adjaye_visual_sketchbook ‘Ghana Freedom’ takes its name from E.T. Mensah’s song composed to celebrate the country’s independence. Artists from different generations including Felicia Abban who is in her 8th decade, through to younger artists Ibrahim Mahama and Selasi Awusi Sosu, provide different perspectives on the post-Colonial history of Ghana, and showcase the cultural renaissance of Ghana and it’s diaspora since independence.
Adjaye’s fitting architectural structure was created from Ghanaian soil transported to Venice to recreate the traditional earthen dwellings found in West African villages. Adjaye said of the design: The pavilion’s design is influenced by historic Ghanaian architecture and it creates a cyclical space that connects different generations of artists as a labyrinth … Architecture here is a form rooted in tradition, but it is also something that expands and grows.
Standout pieces are the exquisite wall coverings created by El Anatsui from recycled bottle caps and copper wires, and Ibrahim Mahama’s sculptural creations referencing consumption and waste, and its detrimental impact on the environment. #labiennaledivenezia #labiennaledivenezia2019 #ghanapavilion #davidadjaye #elanatsui #lynetteyiadomboakye #venice #contemporaryart #exhibition #sculpture #photography #architecture