ONLINE GROUP EXHIBITION
A RE-PRESENTATION OF VISUAL CULTURE AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION BY EMERGING ARTISTS FROM AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
The online exhibition, The Ties That Bind Us, is the result of an open call announced by The Cowrie Culture for artists from African countries and the African Diaspora. The exhibition title, The Ties That Bind Us, is a recognition and celebration of the ideals, shared aspirations, longings, resilience, creative inspiration, and nuanced cultural representations of blackness reflected in art made in Africa and by the African Diaspora.
Over 300 applications were received and this group of 15 artists based in 10 countries on 4 continents were selected to participate in the online exhibition and corresponding “Artist as Entrepreneur” online course.
The Ties That Bind Us exhibition is a celebration of black and brown cultures. It is an exhibition that allows emerging artists from Africa and the African Diaspora to celebrate, critique, and epitomise ideals that reflect their proximal and distal connections to their African ancestry.
Throughout the exhibition, artists present works that acknowledge the significance of identity, blackness, spiritualism, history, socio-politics, youth, and contemporary representations of quotidian life on the Continent, as recognised by the African Diaspora. The online exhibition combines digital art, photography, mixed media, and paintings on canvas to comment on the contemporary culture of the young, emerging artists who made the works.
The Ties That Bind Us exhibition is an audacious attempt to present a collective of fresh, artistic experimentations in visual culture unique to the global, Neo-African and African Diasporic vernacular of artists from Brazil, Dominican Republic, Canada, Ghana, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and France.
Above artwork: Naki Narh, The Ghanaian Conscience, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 600 cm, not for sale
Oyedele Abiodun, Nigeria
Natnael Ashebir, Ethiopia
Reginald Boateng, Ghana
Ongere Churchill, Kenya
Ibim Cookey, Nigeria
Lawrence Meju, Nigeria
Naki Narh, Ghana/United Kingdom
Mzwanele ‘Rez Inyanzi’ Tshishonga, South Africa
Leticia Sánchez Garris, Dominican Republic
Nina Satie, Brazil
Frederick Tetteh, Ghana/Canada
Laura Tolen, France
Emmanuel Kwaku Yaro, Ghana
Awanle Hawa Ayiboro, Ghana
Natnael Ashebir, Screen Contemplation 05, 2021, digital print on canvas, 50 x 50 cm, edition of 5, $600
ABOUT THE COWRIE CULTURE:
Founded in July 2021, the Cowrie Culture is an Arts advocacy and exhibition platform dedicated to art made in Africa and by the African Diaspora.
The Cowrie Culture is committed to the expansion and sustainability of the contemporary art ecosystem in Ghana and across The African continent.
The Cowrie Culture believes that partnerships with extraordinary people will help fulfill its mission.
The COWRIE Culture has 5 goals:
These goals are ambitious, and that is why the Cowrie Culture welcomes philanthropic support and collaborations with extraordinary people and institutions.
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