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 52240
- September 23, 2017 - December 10, 2017
- Iowa Memorial Union
- Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday