Adjaye is well known for designing the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. David Adjaye is one of the Ghana artists debuts at Venice Biennale.
The event is the world’s most celebrated international art event with themes of modernity and dynamism. Amazingly, Ghana’s pavilion at the centre has been designed using soil imported from Ghana.
The exhibition features artists based in the country and from its diaspora. The paintings, photographs, films, sculptures and installations are presented in a series of deftly curving spaces designed by David.
A number of artists were brought together by the Curator Nana Oforiatta Ayim that cross gender, generational and geographic divides. The artists includes those living and working in Ghana and those of Ghanaian ancestry in diaspora (like British- Ghanaian filmmaker John Akomfrah), especially poignant as the country marks 2019 as the Year of Return to encourage a return home of its own diaspora and the descendants of enslaved Africans around the world.
“Ghana has a cosmopolitan history. People went out to study, for work and some went for political reasons, in exile, so this idea of the diaspora is very much part of what our nation is,” says Ayim.