Images from the final few days of preparation
Archive for October, 2014
We look forward to the official opening of the Crossroads project exhibition, which will be launched by an event tomorrow night, jointly with the opening of the photography exhibition Points of Departure. We expect 150 people.
We are sorry that Didier cannot join us but we are happy that art historian Joseph Adande will speak as a representative of the University of Abomey and of the Director of Cultural Heritage, the two institutions that authorised Crossroads‘ work in Benin.
Some skeleton resources are now up on the SCVA Education pages. These will be improved over the coming days but they already give a sense of the questions and content behind the Crossroads project exhibition, which opens Tuesday and will run until 1 February.
You can also see here a short piece by Crossroads project student Nadia K, about what her work involves.
Whilst the European members of the Crossroads team were in Norwich they were treated to a preview of the exhibition. For most it was quite a surprise to see how clean and good-looking the objects, last seen at the bottom of dusty trenches, have turned out to be.
Louis and Nicolas extracted this pavement piece by piece and now it’s whole again.
This pot was last seen in close to 200 pieces smashed onto a floor at Tin Tin Kanza. How was it made?
Filming podcasts to go onto the Sainsbury Centre education resources pages
Again, how was it made?
The column of soil on the table was last seen in the side of a trench at Tin Tin Kanza.
The exhibition opens in five days.
Several people have asked me in the past couple of weeks about the project Hannah and I did together in 2012 involving schools in Norwich and Zinder, so here is the link again. This will take you straight to the video stating the Norwich children’s view. If any of you are reading this I would love to hear about what you are up to now; and Hannah (and Benedetta, with whom the Hausa project was hatched), see you Monday at the exhibition opening!
With just six days before the opening of the Crossroads exhibition, to be curated by Sam, here are a few glimpses behind the scenes. Below is the gradual progress from setting out the initial layout proposal up to populating the cases.
The exhibition will open to the public on 21 October 2014.
Steering meeting members examining the finds
Exhibtion: first installation of objects in the cases
Sam and Ali wonder how to best depict pottery in line drawings
Looking through BLaf Baobab pottery
Anne and Ali: Is it a knotted twisted cord roulette, or should we just stick with calling it ‘Wobbly One’?
Trying to find refits in pottery from Trench SIX