Nana Oforiatta Ayim Is Creating Africa’s First Art Encyclopedia

Born out of a need to preserve African culture, Ghanaian writer, art historian and filmmaker Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, began the Cultural Encyclopaedia project – a project which will map and archive both historical and contemporary arts and culture across Africa.

The encyclopedia which received a $40,000 grant in 2015, will consist of an open-source internet platform for documenting past, present and future African arts and culture (starting with Ghana) and eventually will be published in 54 volumes, one for each country. An ambitious undertaking, the Cultural Encyclopedia aims to change perceptions of the continent and help alleviate the frustration of African cultural producers concerned that their rich histories have been lost or forgotten over the decades because they lack good archives.

In a recent interview with ELLE Magazine SA, Nana shed light on her life and how she stays motivated. She said

“..When I am stressed, anxious, overworked, I know I’m doing something wrong. I stay motivated by occasionally switching the phone and the internet off, listening to my inner impetus or drive, and letting it guide me.”

 

Read the full interview on Elle.co.za

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