David Adjaye creates earth-house pavilion for Ghana at Venice Art Biennale - architecture and design

David Adjaye creates earth-house pavilion for Ghana at Venice Art Biennale



Curving galleries plastered with earth characterise Ghana Freedom, the country's national pavilion at the 58th Venice Art Biennale, designed by architect David Adjaye.
Now open in the Venetian Arsenal, Ghana Freedom marks the first time that the country has presented at the prestigious art event.
Modelled on traditional Gurunsi earth houses, the Ghana pavilion comprises a series of interconnected oval-shaped galleries topped by a wooden roof. It contains artwork that celebrate the country's heritage and culture.
Ghana Freedom is the country's first pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale
"Being able to show the diversity and creativity of Ghana on an international scale is an incredible achievement, and one which showcases the talent that we have to offer," explained Adjaye. "The commitment and inspiration shown by the president in commissioning this pavilion is a testament to what our country has to offer the art community."
It exhibits the work of six artists including Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
The narrative and name for the pavilion originates from the song Ghana Freedom, which was written by E T Mensah in 1957 ahead of the country's independence from the UK.
Curated by film maker Nana Oforiatta Ayim, the exhibits "examine the legacies and trajectories" of this time.
One of the oval-shaped galleries has a film projection by John Akomfrah
Visitors can expect to see large-scale installations by El Anatsui and Ibrahim Mahama, alongside portraits by Fel...
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