Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop

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Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop
Dan Neilsen

This is one of the original workshop for the fantasy coffins that are now collected and exhibited as contemporary art all over the world. Caskets shaped as birds, fish, aeroplanes, shoes, beer bottles, cars and anything else that stretches the imagination are displayed as pieces of art, and sometimes sold as miniatures. Many examples are featured in the book Going into Darkness by Thierry Secretan. The thinking behind the coffins is that they reflect the life or personality of the deceased.  If you’re a farmer, you might be buried in an onion or tomato. If you’re a fisherman, it might be a tuna. Surprisingly, the caskets were only first built in 1957, but have now become well-known artworks, with appearances in European galleries. You’ll find a couple of good examples in the British Museum in London, along with other Ghanaian artefacts. More good examples of coffin art can also be seen at the Artists Alliance gallery.


Venue name: Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop
Address: Teshie-Tema Road

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