The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is partnering with the Ghana High Commission and the Ghanaian diaspora in Canada to showcase an amazing exhibition titled: Art, Honor and Ridicule: Fante Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana. In Toronto to discuss progress in mounting this exhibition, H.E. Dr. Sulley Gariba, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada commended the drivers of this initiative for their foresight and dedication to the promotion of global understanding through art and culture. He emphasized that this initiative is consistent with the Government of Ghana’s priority policy on promoting creative arts as a major national asset and our contribution to world of creativity in textiles and forms of historical expression. The exhibition itself will open 15th to 30th September, 2016 and run up to early 2017, beginning the celebration of Ghana’s 60th anniversary of independence. Commenting on the significance of the exhibition, Dr. Silvia Forni, Curator of African Arts and Cultures noted that the exhibition will serve as a reflection of the ROM’s commitment to multi-culturalism in Canada, and seeks to engage the vast Ghanaian community in the Greater Toronto Area to display the richness of Ghanaian Fante culture and traditions.
The Exhibition itself: Art, Honor and Ridicule is a display of the resplendent flags belonging to the Asafo militia companies of the Fante people in southern Ghana. Asafo flags tap into the rich visual language that characterizes many art forms from Ghana, dating back many years and depicting different epochs in the history and evolution of the rich cultures of the area.