Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art 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 a contribution towards transforming the contemporary art scene in 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. 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.
The centre which is located in Tamale is planning to showcase the works of the renowned Ghanaian artist, Agyeman Osei from the 4th of September, 2020 to 7th March, 2021, entitled Akutia: Blindfolding the Sun and the Poetics of Peace.
Akutia: Blindfolding the Sun and the Poetics of Peace is a retrospective exhibition which traces the lifework of dynamic Ghanaian artist, dramatist, and educator Agyeman Ossei (Dota) to its earliest days in the 1980s. Remaining true to the artist’s irreverent attitude to art, the exhibition amplifies the dialogic relations between the linguistic, structural, and formal elements operative in Ossei’s work— inspired by Asante proverbial culture and philosophy, folk/Highlife music, and poetry translated via collage, drama, literature, painting, sculpture, video, and new media. As an artist whose aesthetic and cultural sensibilities have been shaped as much by formal education as by the “farmers and so called bums” he encountered during the inspired “Koforidua years” in the early 1990s, Ossei experimentally weaves a secular linkage between the traditional, modernist and extra-modernist elements evidenced in his practice.
This landmark exhibition marks twenty-seven years since the artist’s preceding solo exhibition and will run between Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art (SCCA) Tamale and its sister institution, Red Clay, located in neighbouring Janna Kpe?? in the Northern Region of Ghana. To complement the main exhibitions, a rich line-up of live and virtual events encompassing other areas of the artist’s interests, ranging from musical concerts, theatre, workshops, film screenings, and many more, will be programmed throughout the year. There will also be a radio play, translated into Dagbani, which will circulate on airwaves, podcasts, and digital listening stations in Ghana and around the world.
Remember the show will adhere to the Covid19 protocols. No Masks No Entry