Art & the Afterlife: Fantasy Coffins by Eric Adjetey Anang

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For the first time in over twenty years, UIMA will present a solo exhibition of work by a contemporary African artist. Through an installation of six representational “fantasy coffins” by the Ghanaian artist Eric Adjetey Anang, as well as video-recorded interviews with Anang and other coffin-makers from Ghana, and gallery labels providing further context, Art & the Afterlife explores one of the most celebrated (and debated) forms of African art today. As the exhibition demonstrates, the “afterlife” of Anang’s work today refers at once to a funerary tradition among Ga peoples of southern Ghana and to an artistic practice that reconfigures the scope and meaning of mortality and cultural identity.

Art & the Afterlife: Fantasy Coffins by Eric Adjetey Anang
  • 125 N. Madison St.
  • Iowa City, IA 52242
  • September 19, 2017 - December 8, 2017
  • Iowa Memorial Union
  • Free
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday