Calling Africa

9 Mar 2009 – 21 Mar 2009

Diverse Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Bus 2, 3, 35, 45, 59, 133, 159, 196, 333, 345, 415, P5
  • Tube and Train: Brixton

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Calling Africa celebrates the work of artist Jerry Blankson. The exhibition features recent paintings and drawings by Blankson that capture the rich drumming and dance traditions of the Ga people of Ghana, West Africa. Growing up in Jamestown, a district in Accra, Blankson immersed himself in the festivals and celebrations that are a hallmark of the region. This exhibition shows how the influences of his childhood inspire his work today. As well as the stunning use of colour in his canvas paintings, Blankson uses the ancient tradition of Adinkra symbols to express the spiritual and sacred meanings behind traditional Ghanaian ceremonies. These stunning motifs were developed by the Asante people of Ghana. Blankson uses colour and texture to build layers of driving rhythms that allow the viewer to imagine the dancers clad in colourful West African garments, engage in an energetic physical conversation" with the drummers in a spirited call and response.

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