Check out Kwame Nkrumah on the far right.
1945 Pan African Congress
The 5th Pan African Congress took place in Manchester (Chorlton Town Hall) in October 1945. According to the WCML, it was the most politically significant congress, bringing figures such as Kenyatta and Nkrumah as well as British activists living in Manchester at the time. Topics discussed ranged from “Oppression in South Africa” to “The Colour Problem in Britain”.
Looking forward to rummaging through the archives at the new Central Library in town to find out more.
Rafael Gomezbarros, Saatchi Gallery
Gomezbarros uses giant fibreglass ants to illustrate patterns of migration and the struggles of migrant workers worldwide. This enormous, almost intrusive piece implores the viewer to consider immigration, globalisation and human rights.
brixton, march 2014
nana ocran is a writer based in london, specialising in contemporary african culture. she has written for arik air & time out lagos, as well as sat on juries for various international film festivals. in 2011, she was nominated for CNN’s prestigious african journalist of the year award.
it was great to spend time with nana as she showed me the sights of brixton. we talked about the creative arts in the diaspora, moving to Ghana and how to survive as a freelancer.
she updates her website, Words Sewn With An African Thread regularly.
Ghanaian artist El Anatsui has been appointed honorary academician by London’s Royal Academy. Best-known for his monumental fabrics made with thousands of small metal pieces, he’s the first African to receive the accolade.
from Singapore part 1, by Matti Suomalainen
I found myself with 15 years of Western painting and art history studies under my belt, but suddenly realized that my own autobiography was more important to me than the 400 years of Western painting history that I had learned. I urgently wanted to figure out a way to abandon that conceptual sphere and to find something concrete that mattered to me.
Jacolby Satterwhite (via blackcontemporaryart)
here are a few photos from the ‘pangaea’ press view which took place at the saatchi gallery on tuesday. the vastness of ibrahim mahama’s work is truly incredible: it really needs to be seen to be appreciated. mahama seems to be the name on everyone’s lips, with gallery goers captivated by the intricacies of his work, as well as the political and social commentary his coal sack installations provide.
for more photos and footage of the opening night, keep an eye out for updates on the ANO Ghana website.