Jul 2, 1980 - Aug 5, 1980
Museum of African Art, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
The exhibition “Contemporary Art of Ghana” was divided into two thematic units: contemporary paintings (works by Ghanaian accomplished artists, who were recognized at the international art scene) and traditional folk-art objects (works of nameless craftsmen, which represented Ghanaian tradition). This exhibition concept was intended to illustrate the postcolonial cultural scene in Ghana, which was at the time situated between two important processes: the struggle for recognition of Ghanaian artists at the global art scene, and the process of re-articulating national culture with a clear anti-colonial stance.
Additionally, the diplomatic role of the exhibition was to demonstrate the closeness of Yugoslav and Ghanaian commitment to find socialist, “non-aligned”, alternative modernist aesthetics and ethics of expression.