Arts and culture is much appreciated in Ghana. Before the arrival of European traders and missionaries at the Gold Coast, our forefathers were upholding their culture which was very artistic. It told stories of our ancient past.
These were embossed on the traditional attire of kings of the time.
Symbols which carried unforgettable experiences.
To uphold this, the modern independent Ghanaian state decided to create a cultural heritage hub for herself but creating the National Arts and Cultural Center as well as the Ghana Trade Fair to showcase our indigenous crafts and goods to the outside world.
Over the years the interest in such matters have wanned, being reduced to “Tourist Interest”.
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Only few individuals have taken up the mantle to project more of the Ghanaian heritage encapsulated in artistic crafts and designs which intrigues the mind.
The “Charlewote” festivals and others have done alot to project this.
Currently there is an art center of research operating from Northern Ghana which is pushing this traditional heritage embedded in our arts: The Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art (SCCA).
It is located in Tamale, Ghana.
It is an artist run project space, exhibition and research hub, cultural repository and artists’ residency.
SCCA Tamale is an initiative of world-renowned Ghanaian artist, Ibrahim Mahama, as his contribution towards transforming the contemporary art scene in Ghana.
Biography of Ibrahim Mahama The Artistic Genius
He was born in 1987 at Tamale in Northern Ghana.
He is a Ghanaian author and an artist of monumental installations.
He lives and works in Tamale, Ghana.
His work was shown during the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in Italy All The World’s Futures curated by Okwui Enwezor in 2015.
As part of his contribution to the development of Africa through art, Ibrahim was named the 73rd most influential African by theafricareport.com in the list of 100 most influential Africans 2019/2020.
In 2019, he started the Savannah Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA), Tamale.
Ibrahim Mahama repurposed 120 scratched second-class train seats through a parliament he calls the “parliament of ghost”, a replica of Ghana’s parliament chamber.
The parliament of ghost was installed at the Whitworth Art gallery in Manchester.
He obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Sculpture in 2013 and a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Painting in 2010 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
The SCCA-Tamale team intends, with its diverse programming and research interests, to spotlight significant moments in Ghanaian and international art in a communal space.
They are affiliated to blaxTARLINES KUMASI.
The Centre is operated by committed, dedicated and generous persons who produce critical discourse that will eventually be disseminated through exhibitions, publications and allied activities.
SCCA-Tamale is dedicated to art and cultural practices which emerged in the 20th Century and inspire generations of artists and thinkers of the 21st Century and beyond.
Currently there is an exhibition going on at the SCCA with the Themes:
AKUTIA: Blindfolding the sun and the poetics of peace
A Retrospective of Agyeman Ossei (DOTA)
and The Red Clay Opening.
The entire exhibition will end on March 7, 2021.