Contemporary Artivism

7-9 July

Department of Archaeology & Heritage Studies, University of Ghana / NAFTI

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Photos: (top) Honorable Dzifa Abla Gomashie, former Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts & Culture - (bottom) Kofi Antonio leading a workshop

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Contemporary refers to living or occurring at the same time (an historian recording an event of their time) or what is existing or happening now. The artivist (artist + activism) uses her/his artistic talents to fight injustice -- by any mediums necessary. The artivist expresses commitment, freedom and justice with her/his pen, camera, brush, voice, body. The artivist knows that to make an observation is to have an obligation (see MK Asante).

At our 2nd annual festival we invited young artists (ages 15-30) to submit short films inspired by the theme Contemporary Artivism that explored:

  • The role of art in creating social change

  • Artivism that challenges your thinking or inspires you

  • Unsung heroines, heroes and artivists

2016 Festival Awardees

Kwame Nkrumah Award for Visionary CreativityBismark Adamafio Aryee, Nubuke

Yaa Asantewaa Award for Blazing New PathsEmmanuel Mensah Agyapong, Roaming Earth

Theodosia Okoh Award for National Unity - Judith Yorm Agor, The Wiper