ARTIST Founder and artistic director @sccatamale
Okwui Onwezor 1963-2019. His significant contribution to contemporary art and paradigm shift taught us all how to relook at art and the world around us. His sense of belief in young artists and curatorial work gave way for new freedoms to emerge. May the generations to come carry on his legacy and push even much further, he has left us a great deal of responsibility. Rest in peace Okwui.
Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art (SCCA ), Tamale, Ghana. 15th March, 2019 – 15th August, 2019. “Galle Winston Kofi Dawson: In Pursuit of something 'Beautiful', perhaps…” The Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art (SCCA ), located in Tamale, Ghana, is an artist-run project space, exhibition and research hub, cultural repository and artists’ residency. It is an initiative of world-renowned Ghanaian artist, Ibrahim Mahama, as a contribution towards the development and expansion of the contemporary art scene in Ghana. SCCA-Tamale 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 Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art (SCCA-Tamale ) is honoured to debut its programming with the exhibition: “Galle Winston Kofi Dawson: In Pursuit of something 'Beautiful', perhaps…”. The exhibition is a retrospective on the work of Ghanaian modernist Kofi Dawson (b. 1940 ) who coined the term Afro-Journalism to describe his socially-committed art practice. “Galle Winston Kofi Dawson: In Pursuit of something 'Beautiful', perhaps…” charts the complex trajectory of an artist whose body of works stretches across a multiplicity of forms including serigraphy, etching, wood cut, ink and line drawing, acrylic and oil painting, collage, sculpture and installation. A potentially turbulent period spanning more than fifty years of incredible dedication to artistic innovation, experimentation and political resolve is encapsulated in the curatorial selection of objects and texts. Whilst the greater portion of the exhibited works is selected from Dawson’s own holdings, a significant number is loaned or borrowed from a fair sampling of his collector base in Ghana. #sccatamale #tamale #blaxtarlineskumasi
Such a heavy loss to the art world and specifically the continent. Bisi Silva has been one of the most important characters shaping the art world and it's such a huge loss to all of us. I remember I first met her in person when she made a visit to Knust, paintings and sculpture department with the 2013 Asiko group when I was doing my MFA. Such a incredible personality. May we all live up to her great contribution, work and do what we truly be believe in. #blaxtarlineskumasi #restwell