It was one of the major art events in the nation’s capital some time ago but after about a 20-year pause, the Accra Visual Arts Week (AVIEW) has returned with exhibitions slated for five venues from April 4 to April 11, 2023.
The exhibitions embrace paintings, sculpture, photography and hangings and are being organised by the Pinnacle Arts Centre in collaboration with the Konyo Museum of Ghanaian Art.
Venues hosting the exhibitions are the African University College of Communications (AUCC) at Adabraka, Dei Centre at Tesano, Deo Gratias Photo Studio at James Town, Furnat at Nyaniba Estates, Osu and the Pinnacle Arts Centre at Dzorwulu, all in Accra.
AVIEW was created to promote contemporary art as well as its appreciation and enjoyment by Accra residents. This year’s edition promises to be an inspiring, enlightening affair considering the wide scope of works on show and the calibre of artists involved.
The week-long programme opens at 6.00pm on April 4 at the Pinnacle Arts Centre with new paintings by Hacajaka. Keen followers of work by Ghanaian artists would find Hacajaka’s latest works as another tangent of progression by the artist noted for always bringing something fresh to what he does.
Hacajaka’s collection at Pinnacle stirs curiosity in the viewer. It throws up an artist emphasising his thought patterns rather than depicting what he sees around him, thereby making the artistic process more of an intellectual undertaking and not simply a visual experience.
Three artists will have their works on display at the AUCC. They are painter Mark Buku, photographer Brooks Anne Robinson and Patrick Tagoe-Turkson, known for his magnificent creations with discarded flip flops (chale wote).
Buku’s works touch on both ends of the art spectrum –representation and abstraction. He expresses himself in watercolour, oil, acrylics and recycled materials. Brooks Anne Robinson tells simple, pleasant stories by capturing ordinary people living ordinary lives with her lenses. Patrick Tagoe-Turkson makes intricate hangings from old chale wote and compares his work technique to that of the kente weaver.
The Dei Centre, Tesano will show paintings and sculptures by various artists and the Deo Gratias Photo Studio at James Town will have stuff from pioneering photographer, Isaac Vanderpuije, for the public to see.
Furnat at Nyaniba Estates, Osu will exhibit works by the Takoradi-born James Cudjoe. He is described as an artist “whose works range from vibrant, colourful and energetic cityscapes to calm, placid and subdued presentations.”
After a two- decade lull, AVIEW hopes to once again, help ginger up passion for art in the nation’s capital.
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