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Tue, Jan 15, 2019 6:00pm –


American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square
Columbus Avenue at 66th Street
New York  New York  10023
United States
American Folk Art Museum

Screening of "Paa Joe & The Lion" and Ghanaian Drumming Performance

Join AFAM for an evening celebrating exhibition artist Paa Joe and the culture of his native Ghana. The evening will begin with a film screening of the documentary "Paa Joe & The Lion," followed by a Q&A with director Benjamin Wigley and exhibition curator Valérie Rousseau. The program will conclude with a musical performance by a Ghanaian drumming ensemble led by Master Drummer Hola Kutte and a Ghanaian street snack reception catered by Brooklyn-based Kelewele.

The documentary "Paa Joe & The Lion" provides a window into the workshop of master figurative coffin craftsman Paa Joe in Accra, Ghana. His figurative coffins draw from the traditional Ghanaian custom of abebuu adekai, taking the form of everyday objects to honor what was meaningful or representative of the deceased person’s life. The film follows the making of a figurative coffin, from the workshop to the burial, through interviews with the artist and footage of a traditional Ga funerary procession.

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