The Past is Never Dead…

Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana

From 20 May – 2 July 2021  Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana presents “The Past is Never Dead…” a solo exhibition of new work by Langlands & Bell exploring the architecture of the ‘Slave Forts’ built on the coast of Ghana by European slave traders following the construction of Elmina Castle by the Portuguese in 1482. Working in a range of media Langlands & Bell present a series of sculpture, video and cotton appliqué works, some of which have been produced in collaboration with local artisans Baba Issaka and Eric Kwasi Danguah.

Exhibition opens 20 May – 2 July 2021 – for further details please contact

International Cultural Programme 17 – 20 June –  for details please contact Victoria Cooke or Aida Hayfron-Benjamin at Gallery 1957

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Images: 1. L&B with Wind Routes of the Gold Coast 2021; 2. English Fort, Komenda, 2021, (stretched cotton appliqué); 3. Baba Issaka in his workshop; 4&5. The Governor’s Chair 2021, wip, (carved mahogany, gold embroidery, architectural model, glass); 6. Eric Danguah in his workshop.

Thanks to @asafoflags for the photo of Baba Issaka

To see a short film about Baba Issaka and the Fante flag culture of Ghana’s Cape Coast click here