This virtual symposium was presented by SNAG on September 29-30, 2023.
The recordings from the event are available for purchase here. Once purchased, you will receive both a confirmation page and an email that have a link to download a PDF with the access instructions.
- Emefa Cole Keynote presentation & discussion
- On Origins presentations & discussion – Diaspora artists whose work focuses on themes and narratives that are rooted in or responding to West African cultural values and ideas. Ndidi Ekubia, Akebehi Kpolo, Satta Matturi, Jariet Oloyé and Adaesi Ukairo.
- Transforming Tradition presentations & discussion – Artists whose work is inspired by historical forms, techniques or practices in West Africa today. Ebenezer Akakpo and Philip Omodamwen.
- Fresh Focus presentations & discussion – Early Career Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of materials, techniques, or sociopolitical issues. Atinuke Adeleke, Glover Marfo, and Ìtùnú Omótósò.
- Exploring Education presentations & discussion – A glimpse into Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)’s Department of Industrial Art including student experiences. Presentations of the school’s facility and program and about Professor Cyril Etornam Adala and two of his students.
- Demonstrations: Matthieu Cheminée presents – Demonstrations on filigree by Guinean jeweler Ibrahima Condé, the making of a gold-plated biconical pendant by Modou Fall Tall from Senegal, casting with Tuareg jeweler Ghabda Oummama and other crafts from artisans in Niger.
- Beyond the Bench presentations & discussion – Exploring jewelry and metalsmithing beyond the design and making process, this program seeks to articulate and analyze the contributions, challenges and opportunities found in other parts of the ecosystem. From philanthropists to photography, mining, writing and research we talk to individuals and organizations spearheading this work. Amina Okpukpara, Mallence Bart-Williams, Adesuwa Dan Princewill, Hadiza Garbati, Mazzi Odu, and Ifebusola Shotunde.