Boy with traditional cloth in rural in the Volta Region of Ghana.

Nkonya

Oktober 31, 2015

This collection of photographs is part of a wider project on local history, originally initiated by Ingrid Fordjor, the former head of the Goethe Institute in Ghana, West Africa. Based on the ideas of the philosopher Maurice Halbwachs and his concept collective memory, as well as the art of Sophie Calle, students of the University of Flensburg in Germany worked together with pupils in the village of Nkonya Wurupong to find out about their local history and to raise the children’s interest for not only the past but school in general. Pupils were asked to interview their elders and gather information on not only their country’s history but even more specifically about the many stories of their tribe. Up to that point much of the information of Nkonyas past and myths had yet to be written down since the tribes language was still in process of being transcribed for the very first time. Pupils were asked to write down in English what they were told by their parents and grandparents as well as to collect objects that may act as pieces of memory carrying a symbolic meaning for them. The pupils were later photographed holding the objects that represent their own history while some of boys and girls even took us to places where important events took place.

Family portrait in rural in the Volta Region of Ghana. Nkonya boy holding slingshot in rural in the Volta Region of Ghana. Family with portrait of national hero Kwame Nkrumah in rural in the Volta Region of Ghana. Nkonya girls with special glasses for solar eclipse in rural in the Volta Region of Ghana. Nkonya boy holding traditional drinking can in rural in the Volta Region of Ghana.