The Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art, located in Tamale, Ghana, is an artist-run project, which combines exhibition spaces, a research hub, and an artists’ residency. It is an initiative launched by Ghanaian artist, Ibrahim Mahama, whose work often engages with architecture and urbanism through processes of transformation and collective participation. More of a production facility and a think tank than simply a space for the display of artworks and objects, SCCA imagines new possibilities and new responsibilities for artists both in their local communities and internationally. Part of a network of institutions created by Mahama, such as Blaxtarlines and Red Clay – complete with decommissioned airplanes – SCCA operates in the tradition of visionary artist’s museums and alternative institutions, which have recently found renewed energy in the African continent, as in Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock Senegal in Dakar, the African Artists’ Foundation in Lagos, and Michael Armitage’s Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute, among others.
Images via @sccatamale