Displaying the culmination of several years of collecting, the Sliced from History exhibition is made up of a large number of exhibits taken from West African visual culture spanning pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial times.
The exhibition is made up of two distinct components: bronze works and other sculpture from across West Africa and in particular the Ife and Benin Kingdoms of Nigeria; and paintings by contemporary Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.
The Nigerian artists represented are Abiodun Olawole Olaku, Kolade Oshinowo, David Dale, Ini Brown and Bruce Onobrakpeya; while the Ghanian artists include, among others, A. O. Bartemeus, Martin Dartey, Amon Kotei, Ablade Glover, Ato Delaquis, Benjamin Offei-Nyarko (BON), George Hughes, Khamivi Zewuze Adzraku, Robert Aryeetey, Glen Turner, Nicholas Kowalski, Amarkine Amarteifio and Victor Odoi.
This video contains only a selection of the artists and artworks exhibited and is intended to give an indication of the scope and feel of the exhibition itself.
Out of the many distinct characteristics of the Asafo warriors of the Fantes, the flags that they use to distinguish one military company from another are perhaps the most visually striking and culturally interesting.
Influenced by the heraldic traditions of the European powers who were colonising the continent, yet drawing heavily on local proverbs, customs and imagery, the flags represent an intriguing meeting of cultures and a singular record of the colonial and post-colonial history of Ghana.
Primarily with a ceremonial use, each flag has a particular message or meaning. These could range from boasts about the military strength of the company, to goading insults about the company's enemies, to simple statements on day to day life.
This video represents a selection of the Asafo flags in the Nubuke Foundation collection, and includes details of the flags in question and an interpretation of the meaning of each.
Kente is a form of woven cloth design based around strips of cloth showing geometric shapes that are combined to form larger pieces. Based around the Volta delta region of south eastern Ghana and parts of Togo, the Ewe produce kente designs that contrast sharply with the more well known designs produced by their Ashanti neighbours. Where Ashanti kente draws on primary colours, that produced by the Ewe is more muted in tone and uses a more varied colour palette, a comparison that quickly becomes apparent when comparing the two traditions.
Kente is still produced, as it has been for centuries, in select villages where the hypnotic skill of the weavers is passed down the generations. This video provides a quick look at Ewe kente weavers at work in the village of Tsiame. It also displays a number of the Ewe kente cloths, incorporating designs particular to the village, in the Nubuke Foundation collection.
Danse et mouvements
Photographies de Harandane Dicko
Extrait musical de Fela Kuti
Montage Vincent Rioux et Baptiste de Ville d'Avray
Diaporama sonore réalisé à l'occasion de la résidence d'Afrique in visu à l'ECM Confluences
Amahiguéré Dolo est un artiste issu du peuple mythique du Mali, les Dogons. Au cours de l’histoire, ces hommes et ces femmes ont su résister aux pressions venues de l’extérieur (islamisation, colonisation occidentales, tourisme moderne) et protègent avec ferveur leur culture et leurs croyances. A travers cette petite déambulation avec Amahiguéré, nous vous proposons de découvrir quelques unes de ces sculptures, quelques dessins, mais plus encore, ce mode de pensée propre aux dogons. Car, fidèle au devoir non pas de représenter mais d’incarner l’être animal et /ou humain, il prolonge la tradition culturelle dogon tout en amenant une proposition moderne à l’orée du xxie siècle.