Agbako Book & Film Launch, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, 9th October 2016



Launch of ANO’s Limited Edition Books on Arts & Culture, with books designed by Latifah Idriss and a film directed by Nana Oforiatta Ayim, on new museum and architectural models for a Ghanaian, and for wider African contexts. The museum in the Ghanaian, and wider African context, is a problematic interpreter of cultural heritage and knowledge. Agbako means Untold, in the Ga language, to represent the many histories that are not absent, but merely hidden or unexpounded. At the Chale Wote festival in August 2015, the theme was African Electronics and historical, creative innovations and their contemporary permutations. ANO created the Kiosk Museum, filled with photographs, objects, contextualisations and a film, documenting the festivals, rites, and social realities of Jamestown, the raw and vibrant commercial and fishing centre where the festival takes place, which were to be uploaded on to the Cultural Encyclopae- dia site. It was created in collaboration with the architect DK Osseo Asare, who has long been fascinated by the structure of the kiosk, and has designed several microstructures, that reinterpret its form in economical and environmentally friendly ways. These mini-ty- pologies include bamboo kiosks, solar power, water collection and purification strategies, and come together in a manifesto he terms Africentricity, based on the everyday reality of how we use the city.


Young architect Latifah Idriss’s synchronistic engagement with the kiosk form was the catalyst for this, ANO’s first publication. She spoke of architecture as sculpture, evolving into habitable forms, to meet the needs of its environment and culture, as well as their essence and personality. Her travels across the country documented the kiosk’s different usages, – commercial, domestic, and hybrid; and her renderings imagine future, aesthetically innovative versions of the kiosk in the essay Kiosk Culture in Urban- ism. Yaw Kyei Brobbey, a young artist and MFA student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology creates an almost scientific taxonomy of the form of the kiosk, repeatedly capturing its singular forms, mimicking the repetitive appearance of kiosks with- in the urban landscape; drawing with felt on cardboard, sometimes still stained from their former use, to reflect the crude, makeshift nature of the kiosk, as well as the found nature of the materials that go into making them and which he describes poetically in Structures & Structures. The book is the first in a series of publications by ANO that will chart historical and contemporary cultural production, and its importance and impact, as well as its capacity to transform and enhance our social realities.