A cylindrical living space topped with a cone shaped grass roof addresses the social aspects of living without private rooms and secure doors. Against the concrete and brick of modern forms of housing, Mud Hut is both symbolic of community and an integrated approach to the process of building with both natural and recycled materials.
Wall paintings indoors combine symbols from Ghanaian culture with imagery derived from London's tourist postcards. As echoed in the exhibition's title, Donkor's work reflects London's range of cultures and clash of architecture. In examining these architectural spaces formally our social interactions are laid bare. When viewed within an exhibition context the materials and forms become ever more potent and worthy of our attention.
Story of a London Township will be accompanied by a series of events including discussions, dining, and building workshops for children and young adults.
Born in 1964 in Kumasi, Ghana, Godfried Donkor moved to Britain at the age of 8. Today he is a leading British artist whose work has been exhibited internationally including Around the World in 80 Days at the ICA, London (2006), Pin Up at the Tate Modern, London (2004) and Authentic/Excentric at the Venice Biennale, Italy (2001).
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