By Nii B. Andrews.
For the last several weeks, COVID-19 has come to dominate our lives and led to an almost total dislocation of the status quo ante.
Tragedy, death, isolation, separation and anxiety have been writ large on human life and the haunting drawing by Alex Andrews – a 14 year old budding artist, depicts this well.
At least one perspective has pointed to us – humans, as the REAL VIRUS that has caused havoc over the face of land and water.
Who knew that in ghana, USD 100M was available to improve our decrepit health system – operationalize idle ICU equipment, prevent women and newborn babies from lying on the floor, hire real staff not square pegs in round holes; who knew?
And where are those drones? Can they not even deliver sanitizer?
There are 10 x more V8s for government officials in Accra alone than the total number of functioning ICU beds in the whole country……meehn!!
It is certainly time that we recalibrated our modus operandi for our very survival has been called into question.
To talk about art at this time may seem out of place and perhaps even silly and trivial.
But it may well help us to refocus our priorities and thoughts as we must during and hopefully beyond this existential crisis.
Indeed, are our aesthetic parameters and values not related to our cultural identities?
Are we not better when we transcend these categorizations fostered by tradition, culture and nationality?
The adherence to these parameters is what has contributed not insignificantly to our present predicament…..”America First”, “This be ghana” and all other insular slogans included.
As we are forced off the streets; out of galleries and museums; mandated to self-isolate or placed in strict quarantine, we could use the time on our hands to read about, and contemplate on CAA or any other inspired art.
It could reduce our anxiety especially with the torrent of bad news and unclear expectations.
An easy place to start is to reference our PORTFOLIO posts and follow up by looking at further examples of the artists’ work online.
Who knows, if and when better times return, you may by then have found an artist whose work you want to purchase for your collection and enjoyment.
For now, remember to wash your hands as often as you can and please follow all the other prevention guidelines.
Stay safe and enjoy CAA while doing your heroic bit by adhering to the social distancing rules.
May GOD protect us and have mercy on us ALL and bring us Back to Happier Times Soon, we hope and pray!