Black Cultural Archives – Family Ties

Discipline: Exhibition Design in collaboration with Skellon Studio

Family Ties exhibition is an intimate presentation of a British-Ghanaian family’s rich heritage and traditions that have been delicately preserved. The show follows the Adamah family’s personal journey to rediscover their kingship and regality in Ghana and to preserve their family traditions here in Britain.

Togbui Adamah II was a paramount Ewe Fia of Some in south eastern Ghana and BCA’s newly acquired collection reveals an incredibly detailed snapshot of everyday life in Ghana during the early 1900s to the 1950s. More than that, the stories reveal what life was like under colonial rule as far back as 1858 in the voices of the people.

This is the first time the Ewe culture has been presented in this way, outside of traditional cultural realms, and reveals artefacts that detail just how colonialism worked and the impact it had on the people in the colonised regions.