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“LET’S TALK SH*T” ART EXHIBITION PREMIERE AT THE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE

 Accra, 28 September 2016 - The premiere of the art exhibition let’s talk sh*t took place today at the Alliance Française in Accra. The exhibition is the work of 21 artists using varied visual art forms to address issues pertaining to open defecation. Honourable Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) inaugurated the premiere of the exhibition. Representatives of WASH Officials, civil societies engaged in the elimination of open defecation and the 21 participating artists were present at the launch Honourable Dauda said, “I am extremely happy to see how creative the artworks produced can significantly address the issues of open defecation in Ghana. This is pertinent and challenges the social and cultural norms. This initiative adds value to the Government’s programme on the elimination of open defecation. Big thanks to the artists and to UNICEF and the Alliance Française for facilitating this event”.

The programme is intentionally named “Let’s talk sh*t” with the purpose of generating attention on the matters using informal words.

Susan Namondo Ngongi, Representative of UNICEF Ghana said “We should not be ashamed of using the word shit. What is shocking is the fact that 5 million Ghanaians are defecating in the open and that 43% of schools are not equipped with proper sanitation facilities or do not even have water!” While the title of the programme may sound shocking to some people, it is expected to generate attention and initiate a dialogue on the issue”.

 

Frederic Dart, Director of the Alliance Française of Accra welcomed the participants and said “I am very excited about the support of UNICEF and happy that the efforts of the Alliance Française in leading this programme contribute to the efforts of the MLGRD in bringing the issue of open defecation to the fore.  Visual artists in Ghana are usually not seen as agents of change but rather as people who produce aesthetic artwork only.  This programme provides the artist community with a great opportunity to show that their role is not about ‘decoration’ or beauty but about engaging on social issues. This collaboration demonstrates that visual art can contribute to arouse critical thinking and place this issue into the public sphere. I am proud that the Alliance Française of Accra organised this”

The participating artists are Bright Tetteh Ackwerh, Selorm Dogoe, Henry Obimpeh, Percy Osei Appiah, Eric Gyamfi, Mohammed Awudu, Nicholas Tettey Wayo, Fiona Worlanyo Ansah, Aziz Iddriss, Tjasa Rener, Comrade David Sedi Agbeko, Nana Afari Darko, Act for Change, Kelvin Vincent, Kwesi Botchway, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Derrick Okanta, Cornelius Annor, Michael Kofi Agyekum Fiscian, Snezana Vrebrac and Stephen Allotey. Their medium of art includes painting, sculpture, photography, installation, videography and theatre.

 

In November, the artists will take the exhibition on tour to 3 selected communities practicing open defecation in Accra, so that a dialogue can directly be generated with community members.

 

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Kweku Quansah (Program Officer, Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate)

Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development - Tel: 020-812-3972 kwekuquansah@gmail.com

 

Offeibea Baddoo (Communication Officer)

UNICEF - Tel: 024-466-3643 ebadoo@unicef.org

 

Niall Boot (WASH Specialist)

UNICEF - Tel: 050-435-2569 nboot@unicef.org

 

Nana Osei Kwadwo (Project Manager)

Alliance Française - Tel: 054-356-5326  letstalkshit2016@gmail.com      

 

 
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