Restitution Dialogues with Nana Oforiatta Ayim, Ghana

Open Restitution Africa and the International Inventories Program are bringing together the conversations that the Object Movement Dialogues and the Restitution Dialogues have had all year to culminate with the question:

What is happening in other African countries around object restitution? We will explore and discuss the similarities and differences in approaches by different African stakeholders in this wider move towards cultural dignity and equitable relations, as well as honest renders of our problematic histories to chart a path towards new possibilities in the future.

Our guest speaker Nana Oforiatta Ayim is a Writer, Filmmaker, and Art Historian who lives and works in Accra, Ghana. She is the Founder of the ANO Institute of Arts and Knowledge through which she has pioneered a Pan-African Cultural Encyclopaedia, a Mobile Museums Project, and put together a Presidential Committee for Museums that aims to create a template for a new kind of museum globally.

In 2019, she curated Ghana’s first pavilion at the Venice Biennale and published her first novel The God Child with Bloomsbury. She has made films for museums such as Tate Modern, LACMA and The New Museum, and lectures a course on History and Theory at the Architectural
Association in London.

She is the recipient of various awards and honours, having been named one of the Apollo ’40 under 40’; one of 50 African Trailblazers by The Africa Report; a Quartz Africa Innovator in 2017; one of 12 African women making history in 2016 and one of 100 women of 2020 by Okayafrica. She received the 2015 the Art & Technology Award from LACMA; the 2016 AIR Award, which “seeks to honour and celebrate extraordinary African artists who are committed to producing provocative, innovative and socially-engaging work”; a 2018 Soros Arts Fellowship, was a 2018 Global South Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, is a Principal Investigator on the Action for Restitution to Africa programme and was appointed to the Advisory Council of Oxford University’s Cultural Programme in 2020.

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