Ghana ThinkTank at Outpost Artists Resources
Ghana ThinkTank at Outpost Artist Resources
November 30 to December 21, 2012
Opening Friday, November 30 7PM
Weekly workshops, events, and activities will be scheduled every weekend during the exhibition.
The Ghana ThinkTank is Developing the First World
Founded in 2006, the Ghana ThinkTank is a worldwide network of think tanks creating strategies to resolve local problems in the "developed" world. The network began with think tanks from Ghana, Cuba and El Salvador, and has since expanded to include Serbia, Mexico and Ethiopia. In a recent project, we sent problems collected in Wales to think tanks in Ghana, Mexico, Serbia, Iran, and a group of incarcerated girls in the U.S. Prison system.
These think tanks analyze the problems and propose solutions, which we put into action back in the community where the problems originated – whether those solutions seem impractical or brilliant.
Some of these actions have produced workable solutions, but others have created intensely awkward situations, as we play out different cultures' assumptions about each other.
It's become a way to explore the friction caused by solutions that are generated in one context and applied elsewhere, while revealing the hidden assumptions that govern cross-cultural interactions.
At Outpost Artists Resources, Ghana ThinkTank will focus on solutions for "American Problems" received in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia and the village of Tassoultante, Morocco (in the Ourika Valley, near Marrakesh). The gallery will be used as launch pad and sounding board, where we will work with visitors to implement African and Eastern European solutions to American problems in Ridgewood, Queens and Bushwick, Brooklyn.
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