Room 01: Exhibition of the Exhibition

Wall: Co–Labouring in Art  


Co-labouring around art is seen as a playful process in which social ties are made, social concerns expressed, and possible futures portrayed. Through artistic collaborations in transdisciplinary research, it is possible to highlight the extraordinary and to look anew at the daily. During the workshop in Kejetia, the painter Christophe Sawadogo and photographer Mabel Seena engaged in the making of artworks with residents of Kejetia. Together with women, Christophe created an art installation; Mabel co-laboured with schoolchildren in a photography project. For Christophe the line between art and the social is trespassed constantly; there is so much art in daily work. Just look at the plaster designs women in villages in northern Ghana and southern Burkina draw on their houses when they make repairs after the rainy season.

The collaborative artwork in Kejetia was prompted by sad events, which occurred underground. In recent years, the mining community of Gbane, of which Kejetia is part, had been shocked by a series of fatal accidents involving gold miners working underground for small-scale gold operations as well as employees of the Chinese run Shaanxi mining operation. Christophe Sawadogo aimed to co-labour by creating art that would both symbolize the work of artisanal gold miners and commemorate the miners who had died in the dreadful accidents.

Mabel organized a workshop with schoolchildren of the Bonsa Basic Academy, a private school in Gbane which was founded by a former gold miner. Her aim was to instruct the children how to use the camera and, by strolling with them through town, inviting them to make photographs of scenes and events that they consider characteristic of their daily lives.

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