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Gerald Annan-Forson’s Photo Exhibition at SAF

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“Revolution and Image-making in Postcolonial Ghana”, the first retrospective of the work of Ghanaian photographer Gerald Annan-Forson, is now held at SAF, Sharjah Art Foundation,  in collaboration with the Africa Institute until July 7th, 2022. 

The photographs were primarily taken between 1979 and 1985; they present Ghana’s political and social life in the time of revolution and transformation. The exhibition offer a visual story of postcolonial Ghana and its struggles and aspirations in the post-independence period. 

Photographer Gerald Annan-Forson’s art aims to explode the simplistic facade of belonging, identity, and normalcy in Accra, Ghana. Her style of composition, lens focus, formal repetitions, character representation, and long-term commitment to documenting the changing Accra landscape have made us look differently at photography as a tool of radical image-making.

Ethnographer, artist and filmmaker Jesse Weaver Shipley, Professor of African and African American Studies and Oratory, is the curator of the exhibition. 

SAF is located in Sharjah’s historic Art and Heritage Areas. Activities and events take place throughout the year and include exhibitions featuring the work of Arab and international artists, performances, music, film screenings and artist talks as well as extensive art education programmes for children, adults and families. The Foundation hosts the annual March Meeting and every two years presents the Sharjah Biennial.

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