GHANA'S FIRST NATIONAL PAVILION AT THE VENICE BIENNALE

17 May 2019

We’re so excited - and proud - to celebrate the unveiling of Ghana’s first national Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The paintings, photographs, films, sculptures and installations of several Ghanaian artists are presented in a series of curving spaces designed by Sir David Adjaye. The pavilion includes works by Turner-prize nominated painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and El Anatsui and is curated by film-maker and writer Nana Oforiatta Ayim who wanted to promote the Ghanaian cultural narrative that he and Adjaye are so proud of. Titled 'Ghana Freedom' after ET Mensah’s song written for the country’s independence in 1957, the exhibition is a chance for Ghana’s creative community to take a global stand and forms an international reference to bring the conversation back home, where Adjaye and Ayim are advising the government on establishing a new museum. Ayim says:  “It feels bigger than an exhibition. We’ve all been fighting so hard to do what we’re doing, and now we’re doing it together. That’s where the energy comes from.”

Biennale is on from Saturday 11 May - Sunday 24 Nov 2019 


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