Posts Tagged ‘sainsbury centre for visual arts

23
Jan
15

exhibition – one week to go

The Crossroads exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre will run until 1 February. Come in for a visit in the final few days…

and, if you’re unable to visit, the images below, courtesy of Andy C., will give you a flavour of what it’s like.

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20
Oct
14

exhibition -1

Images from the final few days of preparation

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19
Oct
14

Exhibition – 2

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.

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18
Oct
14

exhibition – 3

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.

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16
Oct
14

Exhibition private view

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.

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Louis and Nicolas extracted this pavement piece by piece and now it’s whole again.

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The textile, commissioned by Sam and documented by Lucie, made by one of Dendi’s renowned craftsmen

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This pot was last seen in close to 200 pieces smashed onto a floor at Tin Tin Kanza. How was it made?

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Filming podcasts to go onto the Sainsbury Centre education resources pages

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Again, how was it made?

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The column of soil on the table was last seen in the side of a trench at Tin Tin Kanza.

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The exhibition opens in five days.

15
Oct
14

Exhibition – 6

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.

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The exhibition will open to the public on 21 October 2014.

29
Jul
14

come and visit Crossroads at work

If you are not able to travel to northern Bénin, your opportunity to see the work of the Crossroads team and some of the objects unearthed can be found in Norwich! Crossroads of Empires: Archaeology in West Africa opens on 21 October at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, running until 1 February 2015.

“Crossroads of Empires shares the experience of pursuing research into the African past, both to communicate the rich history of Africa and to provide a window into the modern landscape and culture of Africa”




About this blog

This blog has been set up to chart the activities and research findings of two projects led by Anne Haour, an archaeologist from the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

The first project, called Crossroads, brings together a team of archaeologists, historians and anthropologists studying the Niger Valley where it borders Niger and Bénin (West Africa). We are hoping to shed more light on the people that inhabited the area in the past 1500 years and to understand how population movements and craft techniques shaped the area's past.

The second project, called Cowries, examines the money cowrie, a shell which served as currency, ritual object and ornament across the world for millennia, and in medieval times most especially in the Maldive Islands of the Indian Ocean and the Sahelian regions of West Africa. We hope to understand how this shell was sourced and used in those two areas.

These investigations are funded by the European Research Council as part of the Starting Independent Researcher Programme (Seventh Framework Programme – FP7) and by the Leverhulme Trust as a Research Project Grant. The opinions posted here are however Anne Haour's own!

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