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Asafo Flags from the Dance Field to the Art Market
Thursday April 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr. Silvia Forni, Curator of African Arts and Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada, will visit Mingei for an exclusive lecture on ASAFO FLAGS FROM GHANA. Dr. Forni’s talk will explore the vibrant performative aesthetic of Asafo flags in their context of use. As military insignia they are powerful visual statements of strength and superiority and are a foundation to explore the rich historical and proverbial wisdom of the Fante people of southern Ghana. This talk will also look at the market driven changes and transformation among local flag producers and the creative ripples that have inspired artists and designers around the world.
Dr. Forni’s research focuses on the significance of art objects and material culture in local contexts and as part of exchange networks. In Ghana, she has been exploring the production, meaning, performance and circulation of insignia of the Asafo companies and Fante people. Her forthcoming book Art, Honor, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana co-authored by scholar Doran Ross, is currently in production.