Charlottenborg Art Talk: Dorothy Amenuke & Nana Oforiatta-Ayim
Wednesday January 31, 5 -7 pm
The talk will be in English
Nana Oforiatta Ayim and Dorothy Amenuke are invited to Copenhagen as part of the symposium Archives that Matter organised by Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld, Daniela Agostinho and Nanna Bonde Thylstrup in collaboration with The School of Visual Arts, Uncertain Archives, That Past’s Future, CEMES, University of Copenhagen, The Royal Library and DARIAH-EU. The talk will be moderated by Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld, visual artist and post-doctoral fellow at the School of Visual Arts.
Dorothy Akpene Amenuke is an artist living and working in Kumasi, Ghana. Amenuke’s art involves the manipulation of a variety of fabrics and fibres through cutting, dying, tying, knotting, pasting, weaving and modeling into objects and spatial installations that evoke feelings of containment and maybe protectedness of even subtle repulsion. Devotion becomes a recurring metaphor in her use of materials, laborious processes and communal strategies in the production of her work. These are not mere repetitive obsessive actions but some sort of cumulative prayer.
Amenuke is a lecturer in the Department of Painting and Sculpture, College of Art and Built Environment, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Amenuke has directed the International Women Artists Workshop (IWAWO 2009) organized by Art In Aktion in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Accra and currently coordinates the itinerant OFKOB Artists’ Residency in Ghana. Amenuke was the recipient of the 2012 Howard Kestenbaum/Vijay Paramsothy International Fellowship in the Haystack Mountain School of crafts, USA, and her work, “How Far How Near”, is in the collection of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (SMA).
Nana Oforiatta Ayim is a writer, filmmaker, and art historian based in Accra, Ghana. She is founder and director of ANO Institute of Contemporary Arts, and the Creative Director of the Ghana Institute of Photography. In 2016, she created the Cultural Encyclopaedia project, which will map and archive both historical and contemporary arts and culture across Africa. She has written for publications such as frieze, Manifesta, Kaleidoscope, and African Metropolitan Architecture; and shown her films at institutions like Tate Modern, UK; the New Museum, New York; LACMA, LA; and the Witte de With, Rotterdam. Her first novel will be published in 2019 by Bloomsbury. She was recently a Sacatar Fellow in Brazil, is the recipient of the 2016 AIR Award and received the 2015 Art & Technology Award from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.