10 November 2019

ASANTE 1874: SYMBOLS, PROVERBS AND GOLD

To celebrate the opening of the Asante Goldweights small display the V&A Academy presents ASANTE 1874: Symbols, Proverbs and Gold on Friday 15 November with an opening address by Ghana’s High Commissioner His Excellency Papa Owusu-Ankomah.

THE ANTELOPE BRASS WEIGHT
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The above brass weight is in the form of an antelope with extended horns. Antelopes were important animals to the Asante. Traditionally, they belonged to dead chiefs (amanhene). The extended horns on the antelope refer to the Asante saying, ‘Had I known’ or, ‘If I’d known my horns were to grow so long I might not have started.’ This is a visual pun on the benefit of hindsight and is an appeal for thought before action.
ASANTE 1874: SYMBOLS, PROVERBS AND GOLD
Opening Welcome by Ghana's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, His Excellency Papa Owusu-Ankomah 
Friday 15 November 2019, 18.00 - 21.30 (doors at 17.30)
Tickets £7, £5 concessions.
Recognising 145 Years Since Accession into the V&A Collection, and the ‘Year of Return’, Ghana 2019
Presenters at the event include:
  *   Poet, Writer & Filmmaker Victoria Adukwe-Bulley with Unfortunate Inheritances
  *   Visual Artist & Performer Heather Agyepong with ‘Yaa’, a reimagining of the Ashanti Warrior Yaa Asantewaa
  *   Producer & Curator Natalie Fiawoo with Family Ties – The Adamah Archive
  *   Conceptual Sound Artist Peter Adjaye with five songs that for him shaped or changed Ghana
  *   Design a personalised copper foil Antelope with Artist, Curator & Workshop Facilitator Jackie Mwanza
  *   V&A Senior Curator of Metalwork Angus Patterson will tell the story of Asante metalwork within the V&A’s collections, sharing new narratives of Empire and notions of decolonisation, and the design of the up and coming 19th Century Gallery.
Read more about the Asante Goldweights display on the V&A blog. 
 
To book for ASANTE 1874: SYMBOLS, PROVERBS AND GOLD telephone the Contact Centre on 020 7942 2000, or go to https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/Gar8k1mP/asante-1874-symbols-proverbs-and-gold-nov-2019  Tickets £7, £5 concessions

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