By Ernest K. Chanani
A 45 Days training workshop series for Ghanaian artists under smARTpower sm initiative has ended in Ghana.
The smARTpower sm is an initiative of the U.S Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the Bronx museum of Arts with additional support from Roberts Sterling Clark Foundation, and Lori Schiff Chemla and ALTOR, partnered in Ghana by The Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana, FCA-Ghana.
The FCA-Ghana is an active network of artists created to administer and streamline an alternative platform for the presentation, development and promotion of contemporary art in Ghana.
It also organizes exhibitions, seminars, workshops and issues publications to raise awareness of and develop critical thinking about contemporary art and artist in Ghana.
Rochelle Feinstein, a New York based International artist and Director of Graduate Studies of Paintings/printmaking, who was hosted by FCA-Ghana, to train the participants under the initiative, facilitated a training series of workshops for the Ghanaian artists, art students and community youths in Jamestown including public presentations.
The training module constituted the selection of 5 community youths from Jamestown in printmaking in and College of Art, KNUST, as well as SAATP-Tarkoradi, after which she facilitated a one-day workshop with art students with focus on the ideas behind their work including a presentation on her work.
Participating artists constructed new work based on introduction or re-examination of art making and the relation of reception to specific experience, including performative work, painting, and other work.
Information presented by the beneficiaries varied from visual, historical specifics through the media, statements manifestos, and films.
Through this accumulation, each participant created new works with an altered understanding of a recent past of their present.
“The artists in this exhibition have participated in a month-long exchange of ideas, based upon readings, discussion, visual presentations, and the creation of new works.
For the final project, each artist wrote a two page Chronology, 2002‐2012. This is a highly edited compilation of the personal and public events that have made a significant impression upon their lives. Two questions emerged from document: what experiences are core to an individual artist’s viewpoint? And, how are these transformed through a visual syntax? The artworks that appear before you were generated by these questions and the results of this investigation.
I have had the privilege of working with a hearty, talented group of artists, each willing to navigate the mysterious territory that lies just beyond where they have been. It has been gratifying adventure.
Nothing has happened until it has been recorded,” stated Rochelle Feinstein.