May 17th – June 21st, 2012
KOFIE PARE “A Photographic Essay”
in collaboration with the Dei Center for Contemporary Art
Location: No.7A Ninth Street, Tesano, Accra
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 17th, 2012, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
“Kofi Pare” is an art exhibition that utilizes vernacular photography to represent the spirit of communities. The images explore the importance, the essence and the spirituality of village life and its lasting impression on the contemporary and the global.The exhibition is a tribute by Seth Kwasi Dei, a prominent entrepreneur and art collector, to Kofi Pare, a small cocoa farming village in the Eastern Region of Ghana, where he grew up. Kofi Pare, a community of 3,000, is named after one of its founding fathers, a migrant cocoa farmer from Aburi, who bought the land from the chief of the nearby town of Akantin in 1912. Featured in the exhibition is a timeless collection of photographs of the entire village some of which date back to the early 1900′s, when the village was founded.