YOU HIDE ME!: 50 YEARS ON – from the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive

YOU HIDE ME!: 50 YEARS ON
October 7 | October 20 | October 29 | November 10

In 1970 Ghanaian filmmaker Nii Kwate Owoo managed to enter the British Museum to make this short film about the valuable African artefacts held there. His film is held in the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive (JGPACA), and together with partners the Africa Centre, SOAS | University of London and AFFORD, we bring you a series of Webinars in celebration of the 50th anniversary of that film and its prevailing argument for the restitution of African Art. Panels will feature UK and international curators, filmmakers, artists, writers, cultural activists, museum professionals and academics, including the filmmaker himself.

With ART FUND Support.
Supported by May Day Rooms.
‘YOU HIDE ME!’ | On Vimeo VOD
‘In 1970, ‘YOU HIDE ME’ a film written, produced and directed by Nii Kwate Owoo, Ghanaian documentary and feature film maker, on the colonization of African art, shook the world. The film is an expose of the theft and concealment of ancient and rare African Art, hidden in plastic bags and wooden boxes in the basement of the British Museum. For many the film heightened the already growing antagonism towards Western art establishments, and the role they played in the looting and hoarding of precious works of art from the ancient cultures of the world.’
YOU HIDE ME!: 50 YEARS ON
WEBINAR SERIES
JGPACA & SOAS | UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
RESTITUTION AND THE CURATING AND TEACHING OF AFRICAN ART
DATE | 7 OCTOBER 2020, 5PM
IMRUH BAKARI | Chair
(Filmmaker, writer and Senior Lecturer in Film Studies University of Winchester)
DIDI CHEEKA
(Filmmaker, curator and archivist)
AWA KONATE
(Writer, curator, founder of Culture Art Society (CAS)
ERROL FRANCIS
(CEO, Culture & Org)
DR POLLY SAVAGE
(Lecturer in Art History of Africa, SOAS | University of London)
PROF. KOFI OPOKU ASARE
(Institute of African Studies (IAS), University of Ghana)
NII KWATE OWOO
(Filmmaker – YOU HIDE ME!, Founder of Media Research Unit, (IAS), University of Ghana)
JGPACA & AFFORD
RESTITUTION OF AFRICAN ART AND THE MOVING IMAGE
DATE | 20 OCTOBER 2020, 3PM
JIHAN EL-TAHARI | Chair
(Multi-award-winning film director, writer, visual artist and producer)
DIDI CHEEKA
(Filmmaker, curator and archivist)
ONYEKA IGWE
(Visual and moving image artist)
ONYEKACHI WAMBU
(Executive Director of AFFORD)
NII KWATE OWOO
(Filmmaker – YOU HIDE ME!, Founder of Media Research Unit, (IAS), University of Ghana)
JGPACA & AFRICA CENTRE
RESTITUTION: AFRICANS’ INVOLVEMENT IN DECIDING THE FUTURE OF PART OF THEIR HERITAGE AND THE ROLE THE AFRICA CENTRE CAN PLAY IN THAT PROCESS?
DATE | 29 OCTOBER 2020, 7PM
UZOAMAKA MADU
(Strategic Communications Consultant)
J C NIALA
(Writer with a background in Anthropology. At Horniman Museum: African Collections Researcher coordinating the project Rethinking Relationships and Building Trust Around African Collections)
SANI SANI
(Artist)
SIMONE BREWSTER
(London based artist creating large scale, statement sculptural furniture, objet d’art and jewellery. She holds a degree in Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and an MA, Design Products from the Royal College of Art.)
PROF. YAW OWUSU FRIMPONG
(Director School of Communication, Univ of Ghana)
NII KWATE OWOO
(Filmmaker – YOU HIDE ME!, Founder of Media Research Unit, (IAS), University of Ghana)
JGPACA | MAY DAY ROOMS
(Invitation only) Roundtable drawing together key outcomes from the Webinars and the production of a series of podcasts resulting from the series.
DATE | 10 NOVEMBER 2020

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