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Art is History...

Meet Kwame Akoto-Bamfo - Sculptor, Artist, Educator and Cultural activist.This amazing Ghanaian artist uses his medium to portray the multiple narratives that lay behind the victims of the African slave trade. His intention is to make it known, that the pain of African-Americans is felt by continental Africans as well. It is also important for him to portray the richness and vitality of African communities before the slave trade, while helping to heal the wounds of trauma still felt. Kwame applies the traditional Akan practice of using head portraits to portray the dead, as a main point of symbolism, paying homage and tribute to the lives of countless African ancestors.

Kwame's outdoor sculpture series titled “Nkyinkim” is on display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery Alabama. This six acre memorial is dedicated to African-American lynching victims. Its primary structure features 800 six-foot steel columns hanging from the ceiling, each containing the name of a person who was lynched. His “Faux-Reedom” sculpture installation of 1,200 concrete heads is in the capital city of Ghana, Accra.

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