|Thursday, 17 September 2015 14:59|
Art Exhibition of Six Ghanaian Artists
By Buziness Africa Correspondent
MOSCOW, Sept 17, 2015, (Buziness Africa) -- On September 16, 2015, His Excellency, Dr. Kodzo K. Alabo, Ghana's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Russian Federation & Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) opened one-week long decorative art exhibition, a collection of artworks by six famous Ghanaian artists, in Moscow.
In an official press release to GhanaWeb, the exhibition was organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana in conjunction with the Moscow Municipal Administration, the United Russia (All-Russian Political Party) and House of Africa, aims at promoting Ghanaian culture and creating public awareness about the country as well as strengthening people-to-people friendship. Some of the activities lined up as part of the week-long programme include master classes and traditional musical shows.
Officials including Anton Zharkov from the State Duma (Lower House of Parliament), Alexander Smetanov and Andrei Metelisky both from the Municipal Assembly (Regional Parliament) gave speeches at the opening ceremony. DJ Sofi from the Republic of Congo offered the gathering traditional music and songs.
His Excellency, Dr. Kodzo K. Alabo, Ghana's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Russian Federation & Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), opening the exhibition said “the exhibition offers an opportunity to share a gleam of Ghanaian culture through the work of art to the people of the Russian Federation.”
He said further that “Ghana abounds in creative talents involving many other disciplines. Thus, the artists, whose works are on display, only seek to make a statement of their presence of their paintings and artworks by showcasing an aspect of Ghana’s rich and dynamic art culture.”
According to the artists’ biographies, they have travelled throughout Africa and the world. They have been at the forefront of Ghana's art scene, working relentlessly and with dynamism to uplift the art culture, for several years.
Ahead of the event, Larry Otoo, on behalf of his colleagues, has expressed high appreciation for the assistance by the ambassador and his staff of the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana by engaging them to showcase their paintings and artifacts collectively to Government officials, artlovers and general visitors in Moscow.
“We are really delighted that the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana in Moscow has offered this assistance to showcase our artworks and promote Ghanaian culture to a cross-section of the Russian public,” Larry Otoo said in remarks by email to Buziness Africa. “We have appreciated the level of interest and enthusiasm expressed by the staff, organizations and individuals in helping to achieve this goal of popularizing our country, for the first time in June and now this September in Moscow.”
In a short speech, the President of the House of Africa, Serge Phokas Odunlami, described the exhibition “as a traditional cultural enlightenment” for the general public.
After the opening of the exhibition Andrey Metelsky and Anton Zharkov signed a cooperation agreement with the House of Africa marking the beginning of a great cultural friendship.
The tripartite agreement on cooperation between the House of Africa, the Moscow City Duma and the office of the United Russia party will become the basis for further work, – explained Anton Zharkov.
On the initiative of the Ghana’s Ambassador (H.E.) Dr. Alabo, the first art exhibition by six famous Ghanaian artists was mounted in Moscow and Saint Petersburg last June. It was part of the African Cultural Festival (AfroFest2015) that provided a platform for some of the festival attractions such as exotic food shows, traditional arts and crafts exhibition, exclusive fashion collections, cultural workshops and master classes as well as film shows.
Important to recall that in June, Ambassador Dr. Alabo explained the presence of the famous Ghanaian artists at the AfroFest2015 as “a true reflection of their collective enthusiasm, interest and commitment in helping to strengthen friendly cultural relations with Russia.”
The Moscow exhibition, a collective paintings and artworks by six renowned Ghanaian contemporary artists namely Kofi Agorsor, Wiz Kudowor, Larry Otoo, Nii T. Mills, Maxwell Boadi and Nyornuwofia Agorsor, on display until 24 September, 2015.
Briefly about our artists, the six artists represent various levels of the art practice in Ghana from the established to the young creatives. Larry Otoo, Wiz Kudowor, Kofi Agorsor are quite international in terms of their involvement in the Art market.
Nii T. Mills has the singular honour of holding the middle ground, whilst Maxwell Boadi and Nyornuwofia Agorsor are the young upstarts. Their works have taken part in many art exhibitions in various cities around the world, and can be seen in many collections, both private and state-owned far and wide.
Regarding the works of the three internationally well-established artists the famous Wiz Kudowor uses ancient Ghanaian and other African symbols and elements in his works; Kofi Agorsor depicts life of Ghanaians with humour, using bright colours, in his works; and Larry Otoo’s bright and abstract paintings are also based on everyday life of the Ghanaian.
(Source: Buziness Africa)