Mawuli Afatsiaswo

Mawuli Afatsiawo was artist in residence at Cornerhouse during The Idea of Africa exhibition. He worked with pupils from the Manchester Academy in Moss Side and young people on British Council Ghana education programmes in Accra. Mawuli Afatsiawo initiated his project, to produce new work based on the economy of Ghana and the development of trade, during his residency at Cornerhouse. He wants to continue to to share ideas with people in Accra and elsewhere. The project will develop on a specially created website as he continues to work to bridge cultural understanding of UK-Ghanaian market partnerships. Afatsiawo explains “Through the structure of a business organisation, I want to create an opportunity for exchange…a parallel of what happens when people trade between each other.” He says “The nations of Europe initiated exchange with west Africa as early as the 15th and 16th Centuries, by sending explorers on ships with goods to trade…Subsequently we’ve participated In a shared history and heritage. I’ll be coming to Manchester to initiate a similar experience”. Made in Ghana is a label found on imported goods, and could be seen as a sign of economic success for the African country. Looking at the structures necessary to export products, such as the African Growth and Opportunity Act and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development scheme, Mawuli creating a ‘product’, business graphics, presentations and business plans. Online a forum allows people in Ghana to contribute to discussions about their aspirations to become successful in business, and Mawuli will document the whole process on video on the site too. Mawuli Afatsiawo is a video artist, illustrator and new media artist born in Accra, Ghana. He trained at the College of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University, Kumasi. His interest in new media began with a workshop in 1999 given by Marcel Odenbach at the College.