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Ghana at 60: photography, prose and performance
Fri 12 May 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
Ghana was the first nation in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence from colonial rule on 6th March 1957 spearheaded by the remarkable visionary Osaygefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
To mark this 60th year of Ghanaian independence in 2017, young Londoners of Ghanaian heritage explore their cultural identity and how it manifests in their creative contribution as part of the wider African Diaspora.
Curated by writer Christian Adofo, this event will feature a mixture of readings, visual media and an informal discussion with visual artist Heather Agyepong & poet Victoria Adukwei Bulley on identity, race and young London.
Heather Agyepong is visual artist & performer who lives and works in London. Her work is concerned with mental health & wellbeing, activism, archive and the diaspora. She uses both lens based practices and performance with an aim to culminate a cathartic experience for both herself and the viewer. She experiments with re-imagination and centres herself and her community within the image.
Heather has worked within photographic & performance arts realms for over six years with a range of works that have been published, performed and exhibited around the UK and internationally. She was commissioned to produce a visual response to Autograph ABP’s The Missing Chapter project in 2015 with her series Too Many Blackamoors which was shortlisted for the RPS International Print Exhibition 159. She has also just recently become an Associate Artist for Talawa's MAKE: Sustain Artists of 2017.
Victoria Adukwei Bulley
Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a British-born Ghanaian poet, writer and creative facilitator. She is a former member of the Barbican Young Poets. Her work has been commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts, in addition to being featured in The Rialto, and on BBC Radio 4.
She was shortlisted for the Brunel University International African Poetry Prize 2016, and is one of ten poets on the acclaimed UK mentorship programme, The Complete Works. Her debut pamphlet, Girl B, edited by Kwame Dawes, is forthcoming as part of the 2017 New-Generation African Poets series.
Christian Adofo is a writer from North London. He has previously written for The Guardian about the new wave of Afrobeats artists and how the sounds of the motherland inspires British artists of African descent. He also written for the Independent and TRUE AFRICA.
His comedy script Lost Brother was recently longlisted for the BBC Writersroom Scriptroom 11 competition. He is an alumnus of Soho Theatre’s Young Company.
Supported using public funding the Arts Council England.
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