Anansi Stories

Client

  • Community Exhibitions - Manchester Museum, UK

Background

Part of 'We Face Forward' and the culmination of a joint community project inspired by traditional folklore, 'Anansi Stories' re-interprets the tale of Anansi the spiderman through vivid artworks and stories by the African Caribbean Carers Group, working with artist Alan Birch.

Using the museum's natural history and ethnographic collections as inspiration, the group's resulting artworks and stories are displayed alongside the museum's own objects.

Commissioned by the lead curator to create the graphic displays and interpretation for the final installation; West African culture, textiles, objects, landscapes and of course, the story of Anansi, provided a rich platform of inspiration.

Solution

Colourful and tactile hand originated illustrations were first created. Developed and devised as large case display panels interpreted and designed to reflect their respective case contents, the exhibition panels featured an array of bespoke surface pattern, illustrations and factual information. Glittering gold and rainbow inspired flashes of colour provided a lively interpretation of Anansi's story box; visualising all the stories being released to the world and providing context for the group's featured work. Alongside, a second case displaying the museum's own objects, featured a vibrant land and sea design including a map of West Africa. Providing visitors the opportunity to identify the origin of some of the artefacts on display and explore the links between Britain and West Africa.


Credits
  • Flag device: © We Face Forward
  • Cocoa pod shaped coffin: © Paa Joe


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