Griff Rhys Jones' Ghanaian 'fantasy coffin' - Press information
27th Sep 2011 - 4th Dec 2011
A Ghanaian coffin in the form of television camera will be the unusual focal point of a new display about Ga art and culture at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, from Tuesday 27 September until Sunday 4 December.
The display this autumn will explain how the coffin came to be on loan to the gallery as well as providing a profile of its maker, Daniel Oblie Mensah and showing design-drawings by Ataa Oko. The display will also explore ideas about the designed object and fine art.
Providing a highly pertinent case-study for a contemporary academic concern with issues around identity, modernity and globalism in the Twenty-first century, display will make links with Akan and Asante representational artefacts in the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. It will offer suggestions for art-and-design-historical explorations of the value of the symbolic and, most importantly, serve as a reminder of the underpinning ethos of the Collection, that art is to be found in all manner of objects.Download a press release
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