On 15 September 2018 in Tamale, the exhibition and book “Northern Ghana Life” will be launched in collaboration with Nuku Studio and Noorderlicht (House of Photography in The Netherlands). The exhibition showcases 11 Ghanaian and international photographers who have made a visual documentation of the society and landscape of Northern Ghana, as part of a research project with four universities, including University of Ghana in Legon and the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Wa and Tamale.
The exhibition is part of Nuku Photo Festival Ghana, the country’s first festival for photographic encounters, exchanges, and story-telling, running from 12 to 21 September 2018. A variety of events – exhibitions, art talks, conferences, portfolio reviews, artist-in-residency, and more – take place in Accra, Tamale, Wa and Kumasi.
The works of photographers Abdulai Adam (Ghana), Dennis Akuoku-Frimpong (Ghana), Geoffrey Buta (Ghana), Peter DiCampo (USA), Eric Gyamfi (Ghana), Francis Kokoroko (Ghana), Benedicte Kurzen (France), Gerard Nartey (Ghana), Seton Nicholas (Ghana), Nii Obodai (Ghana), and Patrick Willocq (France) allow a nuanced and visually dynamic photographic insight into the richness, beauty, and uniqueness of the region.
“Northern Ghana has rarely been the subject of collaborative photographic research, and in a historical and a photographic sense we may even go as far as to call it a terra incognita. The stories by the photographers invite us to explore the diverse and dynamic region that is Northern Ghana. They provide a visual interpretation of a largely undocumented landscape, and document its current state-of-affairs for future generations,” says Nii Obodai, Founder of Nuku Studio and Director of Nuku Photo Festival.
The photography project is in collaboration with an academic project involving four universities (University of Ghana in Legon, University of Development Studies in Wa and Tamale, Leiden University and University of Groningen, The Netherlands), and six PhD students who conducted research into the society and history of Northern Ghana, specifically on two peoples: the Dagomba and the Gonja.
The public event will take place at 11am at the Learning Centre for Photography and Research (former state printing house / across Alhassan Hotel, Dagomba Road), in the presence of dignitaries such as the Mayor of Tamale, representatives of Noorderlicht, Nuku Studio, and the participating universities. The exhibition will be open to the public until 15 November 2018.
An outtake of the exhibition will be presented in cooperation with UDS Wa Campus and Nubuke Foundation at the newly established Centre for Textiles and Clay in Loho, just outside of Wa. The opening date will be announced shortly.