Ghana 60 Years After | 19 May | Imagine IC

The 'Return' of the Fanti-canoe

The final closing of the Diasporic Connections: Ghana 60 Years After series has arrived. The Fanti-canoe will be exhibited at the OBA Imagine IC.

Last December, we explored the admiration and meaning of the canoe and its presence at Imagine IC. Now several months later, we can finally welcome the canoe at the OBA Bijlmerplein and talk about its 'return' in relation to belonging and the concept of home.

After more than a year of talks, meetings and depot visits, the Fanti-canoe became an object of interest for the . This canoe was not visible in the current exhibition in the Tropenmuseum but stored in the depot. In response to the interest in the object, we started to think about how the object might be made accessible to a larger group of people. Who considers the canoe to be important? We spoke about this comprehensively and decided with the Imagine IC to install the canoe in the OBA Bijlmerplein where the Imagine IC office is located. This new home for the canoe will make it possible for more people to view and engage with it.

The conversations inspired by the interest in this particular Fanti canoe, provoked important questions and discussions about exhibiting, belonging, working together with ‘communities’, and sharing authority. How can the museum share the collection and 'return' an object to a community that shares an interest in and heritage with it? This is an ongoing conversation we are having internally as well as publicly. How we can revisit and rethink the ways in which we collect and store objects, are issues we have been and will keep on pursuing. 

The event will be full of stories, live music and presentations in relation to the welcoming of the canoe in the Bijlmer.

When registering, please mention 'Gespreksstof #2 Ghana Thuis' in the subject line.

About the event

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 14:30
Imagine IC | Bijlmerplein 393 | 1102 DK Amsterdam Zuidoost


Rita Ouedraogo
Research Programmer & (Community) Collaborations

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