ɔsaNTI – MEETING KUMASI
Documented by Onsoh Edward
ADEAKYEABIA ENUBUEKE (ANOTHER DAY HAS COME)
by perforcraZe International Artist Residency – (pIAR), Kumasi/Ghana
Kumasi is the former capital of the Ashanti Empire, which persisted from the late 17th century until the middle of the 20th century and since 1957 has been part of a state union with Ghana under the name Ashanti Region.
John Herman tookes his first stay in Kumasi as an opportunity to interactively explore the public space there – a historical construct of social, economic and political processes – and its visual structure with a body-focussed performance.
The personal attempt to understand urban space and its people inevitably leads to an examination of past and modern slavery, the consequences of colonialism and globalisation.
The performance artist is not free in his actions but, like everyone, carries heavy responsibility for the direct and indirect consequences of historical construction. The performance ɔsaNTI (Because of War) symbolizes the very individual path of everyone to their personal Golgotha and the desire for salvation.
10. August 2019