Etikettarkiv: konstnär

Gambia’s Isha Fofana prepares for Europe art exhibitions

Accomplished Gambian international artist, Isha Fofana, is currently intensifying her preparations ahead of her string of planned art exhibitions in several European countries.

Isha Fofana, known as “Mama Africa” is currently in Europe preparing for exhibitions in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Isha Fofana
Isha Fofana

The cultural ambassador is expected to work together with other artists from the International Artist Organisation and will hold workshops. In September, she is expected to participate in an international conference to be organised by the Women’s Museum Network. Fofana, according to her office, will deliver a speech and discuss with the participants from all over the world about the situation of women in West Africa, the role they are playing in the society and the chance African women have to improve the life of their families and their countries in general as well as the role art and culture can play towards the empowerment of women.

“This invitation is another great honour and a milestone in my life. I will represent my country and all women in West Africa. May the Almighty give me the power to show the world what women in Africa are capable of achieving,” she said in a press release issued by her

Award

Meanwhile, the artist also received an award from the Switzerland-based Gambia Friends Association. The accolade that was handed over to Isha by the director of The Gambia Friends Association, Madam Madeleine Lehmann, in Bern, Switzerland, recognised “her humanitarian and selfless work for the benefit of people, particularly women”.

“With her commitment and motivation she has helped so many people. We thank her especially for her noble work caring for the health of so many Gambians – and at the same time for her dedication with which she has supported our work as homeopaths and naturopaths. May she be a model for many other women in The Gambia and beyond,” read the citation of the award.

The charity has for the past 10 years been supporting social and health projects in The Gambia.

Reacting to the award, ‘Mama Africa’ said she felt excited receiving yet another prestigious award in recognition of her work.

She remarked: “Everything that I am doing is coming from my heart. I can’t see people suffering and that’s why I always try to help as much as possible. Sometimes my options are limited, but with the help of friends and associations like The Gambia Friends, we could solve a lot of problems. I’m very surprised but also very proud that I am the first person to have received this award not for my artistic work, but for my effort in trying to help our people. I am very grateful for this honour. Wherever I go, I will spread the news of the power of West African culture and the vision of Gambian women for a brighter future”.

It would be recalled that, six years ago, Isha Fofana returned to The Gambia after almost a 10-year international career abroad. During her time in Europe, she held many exhibitions, amongst them; the one staged alongside the UNESCO music awards ceremony for Youssou N ‘ Dour of Senegal and Oumou Sangaré of Mali. Her gallery in Germany was a cultural centre for people interested in arts and culture from Africa.

Many top-notch personalities in the field of art have vouched for her talent and skills, among them, the director of the museums in Aachen, Germany, Dr. Adam Öellers. She is expected back in The Gambia at the end of the year.

Hatab Fadera
Hatab Fadera

 

Konstnären Etu Ndow är död – Vila i frid

Fullskärmsinfångning 2014-03-25 020916.bmp - KopiaEtu Ndow, en av Gambias mest framstående konstnär och artist, har gått bort. Etu var känd för sina tavlor och konstverk både i hemlandet och internationellt. Han dog tidigt på söndagen och sörjs närmast av fru och barn.

Etu började måla och skapa skulpturer på 80-talet då han jobbade som lärare på en högstadieskola i Gunjur och på flickgymnasiet St. Joseph i Banjul. På 90-talet grundade han, i Bakau, tillsammans med andra lokala konstnärer i landet konstgalleriet ”African art Collection Centre/The Gambia”.

Förutom att måla och skapa skulpturer designade Etu också möbler och tryckta T-shirts. Han var mycket aktiv i sin konst och reste över hela världen för att delta i diverse utställningar. Under sent 90-tal studerade han konst på Christetlljke-akademin i Kampen, Holland. Han hade under denna tid sina olika verk presenterade, inte bara i Holland, utan också i Sverige och England.

Etu återvände till Gambia under början av 2000-talet och började jobba för gambisk TV, där han var värd för ett konstprogram som riktade sig till barn. Han undervisade på Internationella Franska-skolan och gav lektioner i traditionell konst på Gambias universitet. 2003 grundade han Tunbung Art Village, som är så mycket mer än bara en konstnärsby. Här kan man delta i workshops, uppleva naturens spirituella krafter, bo i någon av de unikt designade lerhusen med eukalyptussängar och solenergiljus eller bara njuta av och uppleva det södra kustområdet i landet.

Idag syns Etus konst på utställningar över hela världen, däribland fasta utställningar i Sverige, Sierra Leone, Kina och hemma i Gambia så klart.

Thegambia.nu skickar sina varmaste tankar och kondoleanser till Etus närmast anhöriga och sörjer bortgången av en sann artist och konstnär.

Vila I Frid, Etu Ndow

 

Kiqi D Minteh
Kiqi D Minteh
Fatou Touray
Fatou Touray