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Benedicta Gokah

Ano Institute of Contemporary Arts

Research Fellow

Country: Ghana

ITP Year: 2019


Growing up with a father who is a painter, Benedicta has always been exposed to the most interesting exhibitions and shows of contemporary artists in Ghana. During college, Benedicta further realised her passion for art and design, and more specifically her desire to pursue a career in curation.

With the intention of becoming a curator Benedicta is currently working as a Research Fellow for the Ano Institute of Contemporary Arts. At present she is working on a project with the Osu Castle in Ghana – a community heritage project that aims to learn about the history of the castle and the people who lived and worked there.

Alongside the Osu Castle project Benedicta is also working on a Cultural Encyclopaedia for Ghana which will curate and highlight all important aspects of Ghanaian arts and culture. Following the completion of this project in March 2020, Benedicta is aiming to apply the knowledge and learning curves of this project to multiple African countries which is planned for completion by the year 2030.

At the British Museum

During her time on the International Training Programme Benedicta was based in the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, and spent her partner placement at Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery.

In 2019 participants were asked to plan and propose a temporary exhibition around an object from the Museum’s collection working within the theme of journeys.  Benedicta worked with Ioan Oprea (Romania) on her Object in focus project. Their exhibition proposal was titled Shāhanshāh: money talks.

Benedicta’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Edith Murphy Foundation.