Annual meeting of the African Studies Association edition:50 location:New York date:18-21 October 2007
Using the example of an exhibition I am currently building around dwelling in rural Northern Ghana, my contribution offers a reflection on the difficulties and challenges of representing cultural productions of domestic space among the Kasena.
Dwelling is continuously shaped and reshaped by the rhythms of the successive generations, the repetitive motives in the materialities of the house and its objects and the bodily cycles of the house’s subjects.
Conceptualized around photos, video images and soundscapes, I endeavor to explore the (im)possibilities of using these various pulses rhythming the life of the house and its inhabitants within the confines of an exhibition. The exhibition basically tries to render the material making of local (often gendered) agency. It looks into the specific ways in which material transformations mediate these agencies in the face of more global processes of change