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45 DAYS TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR GHANAIAN ARTISTS ENDS IN GHANA

28 May

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.

FCA –Ghana Host Rochelle Feinstein in Ghana

19 Apr

The Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana, FCA-Ghana, is hosting Rochelle Feinstein, a New York based International artist, under the smARTpower sm initiative in 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 organizes exhibitions, seminars, workshops and issues publications to raise awareness of and develop critical thinking about contemporary art and artist in Ghana.

Rochelle Feinstein, who in currently the Director of graduate Studies of Paintings/printmaking will as part of her fellowship under the smart power sm in Ghana is expected to facilitate a series of workshops for Ghanaian artists, art students and community youths in Jamestown as well as render public presentation.

These will be held at the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre, Jamestown, and Technology, Kumasi, and the School of Applied Art Tarkoradi Polytechnic – Tarkoradi, (SAATP-Tarkoradi) respectively.

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 FCA-Ghana.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts sends 15 U.S artists abroad to work with local artists and young people around the world to create community based art projects.

Selected artists designing and implementing programs within a 45 day period in cooperation with local arts organizations in China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Venezuela.

The first workshop under the ongoing project starting from the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre is under the Theme: LABoratory: A test site for visual artists, focuses on strategic thinking, creating a question to be solved, delineated by subject and materials.

Participating artists are expected to construct 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. They will learn more about who they are and their potential.

Information presented will vary: visual, historically specifics through the media, statements manifestos, and films. Through this accumulation, each participant is expected to create new works with an altered understanding of a recent past of their present.

The second workshop will have the artists from LABoratory: A test site for visual artists, will join Rochelle Feinstein to train 15 community youths from Jamestown in printmaking in both College of Art, KNUST, and SAATP-Tarkoradi, after which she will facilitate a one-day workshop with art students with focus on the ideas behind their work including a presentation on her work.

The FCA-Ghana encourages dialogue, experimentation and explorations.

Through these avenues, this active network of artists, FCA-Ghana aspires to develop and expand as it networks and collaborate with artists and art organizations on local, regional and international levels.

However, most recently, the New York based International Artist has been awarded a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, for her project “The Enigma Machine”, 2012-2013.

She received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1975 and M.F.A from the University of Minnesota in 1978. Since 1995, she has been a Professor, School of Art Yale University.