Nkyinkyim: The Ancestor Project that uses Sculpture

Nkyinkyim: The Ancestor Project that uses Sculpture

Nkyinkyim installation is an evolving art installation which is attempting to use sculptures to tell the story of African heritage. The project is spearheaded by Kwame Akoto-Bamfo and has been running for 6 years using sculpture as a medium. The work consists of over 1,300 pieces of sculpture that depict the capture of Africans taken to the Americas and the Caribbean from Cape Coast and Elmina, Ghana.

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#Repost @supportblackart ・・・ Ancestor Project by Kwame Akoto @osramba_media 🙏🏾 The enslaved ancestors of the #Nkyinkyiminstallation at my studio before they left for the slave forts and dungeons of Usher Fort and and Cape Coast Castle. If you ever thought this was haunting then you should see them now. I'm leaving Cape Coast Castle today after a brief visit, doing research for the next stage of the installation. The atmosphere there have already taken toll on them. You can literally see the light and life have been sucked out of them. I can only imagine what happened to human beings. See the next post for current photos. Curated by @legacybros | Assisted by @nii_kwarteiquartey 🙌🏾 . . . #supportblackart #kwameakoto #ancestorproject #capecoastcastle #usherfort #blacklivesmatter #capeCoast #Ghana #diaspora #africanart #death #exhibition #artislife #ancestors #blackmancan #ancestorproject #artworld #hope #history #humanity #africaunite #ghanaianartist #scupture #sculptureart #installationart #artinstallation #neverforget #africanamazing

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The 'In Memoriam Portraits of the Middle Passage, Insitu' Exhibition has been extended to April 7th 2018. I will like to give special thanks to all those who helped and supported myself and the team to make the exhibition happen. I will also like to give special thanks to all those who supported during the silent days when the sculptures were being created, especially Mad. Dzifah Ablah Gomashie and the 'Values for Life' NGO. Please don't forget to share your experience at Cape Coast Castle with #nkyinkyiminstallation and #ancestorproject .I am on a brief vacation and preparing for phase 2 of @Ancestorproject and the installation. Please be patient if the team and I don't reply messages immediately on social media as most of us are still fatigued from pre exhibition and post exhibition activities. Photo credit @mmanuellanelson Please see bio of @legacybros (curator)to contribute or see my bio to become a patron to the next phase. Yedaase! #concrete #diaspora #massincaceration #artislife #blacklivesmatter #alllivesmatter #emancipation #contemporaryafricanart #Juneteenth

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In Memoriam: “We are all trying to leave our bodies behind”. – Beloved, by Toni Morrison The heads, constructed of concrete, with expressions cemented within time and space, are tangible iconoclasts that visually resist perfumed historiographies of the Trans- Atlantic Slave Trade. The intrinsic value of concrete creates a confrontational gaze into the emotional, mental, and physical trauma of the Middle Passage by situating the viewer within the very moment of terror, displacement, confusion, loss, and horror. These attributes of trauma extend beyond contemporary academic theorizing of the “black body” and specifically focus on facial expressions that promote glimpses into the (speculated) interiority, or emotional state of the captured person who experienced a life altering, and world changing, disruption. The sculptures’ expressions represent the shattering of temporality, and the grit of despair, while conjuring a kind of empathy that transcends romanticized interior representations of enslaved Africans. Words: Danny Dunson, curator @legacybros Image by @nfoningraphy Nii Odzenma In Memoriam: Portraits of the Middle Passage, in Situ The #nkyinkyiminstallation by Kwame Akoto-Bamfo @osramba_media Curated by Daniel Dunson @legacybros Featured artists: @osramba_media Kwame Akoto-Bamfo principal artist @nii_kwarteiquartey Nii Kwatei Quartey Lead apprentice sculptor Photography by @mmanuellanelson Naa Abiana Nelson @nfoningraphy Nii Odzenma Poetry by @_dandano_ Hakeem Adam Installed at Cape Coast Castle and dungeons, Ghana Until September 16,2017 #capecoastcastle #ghana

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  1. Deleilah

    May 14, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    wouahhah what a great work…
    I have seen your work on a photo in a French newspaper. pain fear horror…
    justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are B Franklin…
    https://geopolis.francetvinfo.fr/la-photo-l-ombre-des-violences-infligees-aux-noirs-plane-sur-l-alabama-189387

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