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Media and Visual Arts Section

African art is dynamic and contributes immensely to global art production, its study and discourses. The Media and Visual Arts Section of the Institute deals with the production of knowledge and understanding of the vibrant past, present and future of the material culture and creation of Art on the African Continent and in the diaspora. African Architecture is generally discussed as part of this knowledge production.

The section offer courses at the MA, MPhil and PhD levels. They include a Survey of African Art (first semester course) and Methodologies for Constructing Art History in Selected African Societies (second semester course) at the Masters’ level (MA, MPhil). At the PhD level the course offered is Historiography of African Art and Contemporary African Art in the first semester. The section attaches great importance to interdisciplinary research and learning and is made up of faculty members with expertise in African Art History and Visual Cultures. The faculty members are Prof. Kwame Amoah Labi, Prof. Ohioma Pogoson and Dr. Irene Appeaning Addo.

Ongoing collaborative and institutional research projects being undertaken in the section include; Understanding Contemporary African Urbanism through the Cultures and Arts, Social change and traditional Architectures of Africa, A study of the Fante Asafo Companies and Flags, Understanding Museum cultures and curating in Africa, African Art History studies in Africa.  

Extension activities led by the section include both local and international exhibitions such as one featuring the construction and architecture of the University of Ghana and Kuduo – African Brass weights. Forthcoming exhibitions include “Beyond Slavery” at the Memphis in May Festival in May 2020 and “Contemporary African artists from Ghana and Nigeria”. As part of the Media and Visual arts section, there is a museum, an audiovisual unit and photo and music archives for the study of African visual cultures.