Biennale Symposium: Agyna, Advisory of Sages
As part of the 35th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts, which explores the ecosystem of connections, solidarities and histories of resistance resulting from the formerly close relations between post-independence Ghana and the former Yugoslavia, an international symposium entitled Agyina: Advisory of Sages will be held in Ljubljana from 16 to 18 November.
The Biennale's public programme is curated by Exit Frame Collective from Ghana, which has named the symposium Agyina in reference to Ghana's largest ethnic group and their notion of a council that speaks to the fact that it takes more than one voice to have a meaningful discussion or debate.
The symposium's three-day extended programme of film screenings, presentations, talks, lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, tours and social gatherings follows the curatorial premise of the 35th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts to explore the void and the space of potential, opening a window onto a cosmos of forms, solidarities, futures, resistances and transnational relations. Besides the void, another important offshoot for this edition of the Biennale is the idea of the gift, inspired by the political ambitions of the legendary Ghanaian artist and intellectual known under the pseudonym kąrî'k· achä seid'ou, who, as a pedagogue at the Kumasi Academy of Art, sought to emancipate the teaching of art and turn the work of art from a marketable commodity into a gift. kąrî'k· achä seid'ou is the keynote speaker at the Biennale Symposium in Ljubljana.