SUPPORT FCA GHANA

SUPPORT

REBUILDING

FCA_GHANA Art Library

 

Foundation for Contemporary Art - Ghana*

W.E.B. Dubois Center

2nd Circular Road, Cantonments

Accra

Ghana

T +233 (0)244 771190 / +233 (0)264 527432

www.fcaghana.org

 

Foundation for Contemporary Art - Ghana

is making an international appeal for the donation of art books following the disastrous flooding that hit Accra in June 2015. The Accra-based non-profit organisation and artist network’s office and library sustained significant damage when a large tree fell on the building. This included the irreparable loss of the platform’s archives and library of more than 3,000 art books and art-related printed matter.

Operating for more than a decade as a key platform for the presentation and development of a critical forum for the promotion of contemporary art in Ghana, it is one of the main intellectual and cultural resources for the Ghanaian art community. 

Following an August 2015 visit by 89plus co-curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets and Another Africa founder Missla Libsekal, together with FCA-Ghana, they now launch a campaign for donations to restore the library. Together, they jointly ask the art community at large to support this drive by sending audio-visual materials—artist books, journals, magazines, critical texts, exhibition catalogues, documentaries, audio books etc.—that are in good/excellent condition. Through the generous contributions of the arts community and cultural supporters across the globe, rebuilding this integral library will be not only a symbolic act—it will be a reminder that art and knowledge is to be shared by all.

 

Donations can be sent by post mail to:

Foundation for Contemporary Art—Ghana

P. O. Box AN 16666

Accra-North, Ghana

For further information please visit www.donate.fcaghana.org 

or contact: projects [​at​] fcaghana.org or T +233 (0)244 771190 / +233 (0)244 527432

 

* About Foundation for Contemporary Art-Ghana

Foundation for Contemporary Art–Ghana is a network of artists created in 2004 to offer a platform for the critical presentation, knowledge sharing and promotion of contemporary art in Ghana. FCA provides the resources necessary for the growth of artists creatively and intellectually. This is done through exhibitions, workshops, seminars, artist presentations, residencies, and occasionally publications. It also seeks to push the boundaries of what is regarded as art in Ghana and create new audiences for contemporary art.

 

 

 

“The present is the instant in which the future crumbles into the past”

Susan Sontag

(Letter to Borges)

 

 

Project RadioLondon consists of a series of sound sculptures and site specific sound installations which will form a gallery of portraits of artists that moved from Southern and Eastern to Northern Europe, especially in cities such as Amsterdam, Paris, London, Helsinki, Zurich, Copen-hagen, Berlin, etc. I want to focus my attention on cities that offer a complex system for training and the practice of art and particularly for contemporary and technological innovations languages.

This series will be presented in private and public spaces as Foundations, Museums, Galleries and Arts Festivals; the Goal of RadioLondon is to record 1000 hours of one to one collaborative and experimental audio-documentary that will be available on demand in a Web Radio; the plan is to involve hundreds of people between Southern and Northern European countries.

 

This new project connects physical places to a digital archive of documentary audio portraits througth a program of performative and collaborative events which will be recorded and stored in a Web Radio. I developed this idea after I moved to London to complete my studies. In recent years I've met many artists and artistic operators who have moved into the north European cities often to finish a training course or to produce new projects. I would like to invite artists who come from the South and currently studying or working in the arts in the most attractive Northern European artistic districts. Furthermore, I would like to connect artists from different disciplines (music, experimentation, visual art, contemporary dance, etc.) and from different countries; artists born and raised in some places that share the space and their time with others from elsewhere.

 

RadioLondon calls for a planning of itinerant sounds-workshops and the resulting contents will be avaible in an open and free-of-charge archive, which propose an alternative system of representation and documentation, based on emancipation, inclusion and self-cultivation. My purpose is to produce a series of portraits of developers, pioneers and cultural activists who actually live the experience of immigration as a personal, social and political opportunity, and not as a gap.

 

Project RadioLondon is an opportunity to observe how the new generations of artists are overcoming the obstacles of the Great Recession of 2008; both from an individual perspective (subjective strategies) and generation (mass dynamics and trends). How are community relations structured? What are the new taboos? What impact does the economic crisis, political uncertainty and fear about terrorism in experimentation and innovation have in arts or technology?

As an ‘emerging artist’, it's important for me to look at what is happening within in my immediate environment, exploring notions of how it could be possible to continue an engaging art practice and be aware of my time. The project will act as part of a research topic exploring possibilities of how emerging art practices could survive in the geography known while wars, political instability and austerity measurements are still in place, resulting to major changes within the arts; these scenarios lead to a huge gap and become limiting and restricting for lesser known artists or projects that are currently still building their audiences, to succeed.

 

 

 

 

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