Ghana has steadily become a cultural and artistic hotspot since late. In terms of music, Vic Mensa and Opportunity the Rapper just recently revealed strategies to release the very first Black Star Line Celebration– deemed “an event of Pan-Africanism, building bridges in between Black people and artists of The Diaspora with The Continent.” Across art, Accra’s own Amoako Boafa unveiled a new multi-purpose art area in the Ghanaian capital that will work as a center for the creative community.
Accra is also now house to the Dikan Center, Africa’s largest photography library. Established by photographer and filmmaker Paul Ninson, the library boasts over 30,000 archival books that he’s collected from across the continent and the African diaspora. Dikan Center also features a picture studio, gallery, class and space for workshops and a fellowship program targeted at visual artists and documentarians.
In an interview with the Guardian, Ninson spoke about the genesis for the non-profit center:
” I began purchasing African photo books, with the idea of sharing them with young professional photographers back home, but as my collection grew, it occurred to me that I might produce a library devoted to photography and visual education, so I began connecting to booksellers for donations. I likewise got donations from personal galleries and collectors.”
Dikan, which implies “take the lead” in Asante, was specifically chosen to bring Ghana’s rich photography family tree for a brand-new generation of aiming artists. Stay up to date with the new photography center on Instagram.
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