Artwork by Larry Bonćhaka
Artwork by Chigozie Obi
THE POWERHOUSE is an entire AR exhibition that was taking place in parallel at the KNUST Museum Kumasi and Kunstmuseum Bonn.
Nando Nkrumah created the concept for this unique show and invited artists and institutions to be part of a new experience of Black Art.
In the show, contemporary art by African and Black artists from the diaspora resounded as a united voice to establish an inspiring foundation for a self-determined, free and equal existence. Through its existence, the exhibition calls for freedom and individual expression of a continent that is still influenced by external fields of action and values but also has the tremendous wealth to share to solve current global problems.
Interweaving a virtual and simultaneously physical experience made it clear that an utopia is about to become a reality. The project brought together artists from both the digital and analogue spaces and called for a collective renegotiation. Its perspective opened up from the African continent to the world and thus detached itself from the frequent narratives of Western media. The digital exhibits invited us to embark on a journey that fundamentally questions our understanding of humanity, nature, and political structures.
The exhibition not only provided an impressive view of the contemporary artists but unfolds that African history has always been and still is a part of Europe. Using augmented reality simultaneously in Germany and Ghana, the works formed a bridge between the continents. They clarified this connection by creating a powerful 3-dimensional in dialogue with the space of the museums.
Participating Artists of the Powerhouse
Nuna Adisenu-Doe • Julius Agbaje • Abdul-Salam Alhassan • Diana Akoto-Yip • Valerie Asiimwe Amani • Akwasi Bediako Afrane • Larry Bonćhaka • Elolo Bosoka • Jonathan Chambalin • Kwasi Darko • Denyse Gawu-Mensah aka Scorpio Eyes • Tei Mensah Huagie • Gladys Kalichini • Samuel Baah Kortey • Daniel Mensah aka Scrapa • Nando Kwabena Nkrumah • Chigozie Obi • Kofi Oduro aka Illestpreacha • Frederick Ebenezer Okai • Jonathan Okoronkwo • Jeffrey Otoo • Tracy Thompson • Valerie Uche
Exhibition Concept & Curation by Nando Nkrumah
Partner Institutions: KNUST Museum Kumasi, Ghana and Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
A Project by Manx Design / ARX Africa funded by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany
Artwork by Tei Mensah Huagie
Artwork by Samuel Baah Kortey
Artwork by Nando Nkrumah
Artwork by Valerie Asiimwe Amani
Artwork by Kwasi Darko
Artwork by Abdul-Salam Alhassan