A multi-media art installation based on artistic and ethnographic research in Ghana, Togo and Cuba dubbed “Secrets under the Skin” has been unveiled at a colourful ceremony at the Faculty of Education Lecture Complex, North Campus.
The installation is an evocative representation of the historical links shared by the Ewes in Ghana and the Ararά in Cuba. It reveals living metaphors that stretch across history to communicate a profoundly layered African memory through art, music, dance, painting, photography, lectures, audio and visual recordings. “Secrets under the Skin” was created by seven artists namely Jill Flanders Crosby, Susan Matthews, Brian Jeffery, Marianne Kim, Brandon McElroy, Melba Nun̄̂ez Isalbe and Roberto Pedroso García.
The Director of the project Prof. Jill Flanders Crosby explained that the project was informed by long-term fieldwork she carried out from 1991 to date, spanning Ghana, Togo, Benin in West Africa across to Cuba. It explored the connections of the Ewes of West Africa to those of the Arará peoples, descendants of the Ewe, living in Cuba as a result of the slave trade.
The University community had the opportunity to admire the impressive artistic works displayed at the ceremony.
In attendance at the function were the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. John Nelson Buah, the Registrar, Mr. John Kofi Nyan, the Paramount Chief of Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, a section of the University Community, second cycle schools and the general public.