LIMBO ACCRA is an Accra-based art platform experimenting between the fields of architecture and the mixed-arts. The aim of Limbo is to establish both a trans-local and trans-continental dialogue of »Space« by interweaving and connecting new site-specific, socially engaged art projects into the existing infrastructure of uncompleted property developments. It does so in order to expose, discuss and share different »intentions, methods and techniques« of imaginative urban practices in contemporary African cities.
Public spaces are having a moment in Africa as cities undergo a massive urban change, experiencing both significant economic growths and unprecedented evolution of the artistic and cultural scene. Accra's urban space today functions as an open-air informal laboratory of alternative practices that has developed in parallel with the globalized metropolis. The city's changing identity and influx of new developments are leaving its urban spaces caught in a state of limbo: anxiously awaiting modern futures while fossilized with fragments of the past.
Taking into account the different urban, economic and social transformations of Accra, during the last two decades, this project set out to explore the limitless possibility of spatially occupying uncompleted property developments by offering a large and flexible outlet for experimentation in public art and culture programming.
For our maiden exhibition, we focused on the narrative functions of luxury homes in the expanding neighborhood of East Legon, Accra, staging the installation on-site at (and in collaboration with) an unfinished estate. Each room of the estate featured a local artist, designer and cultural critic including: Adjoa Armah, David Alabo, Deryk Bempah, Diego Asamoa, Enam Geli, Hakeem Adam, Nana Osei Kwadwo, Patrick Tagoe-Turkson, and Serge Attukwei Clottey.
The result of this dynamic installation was a quartet of groundbreaking and evolving art works from across the country which all explore radical new relationships between modernizing Accra and its future.
At its core, the project serves as an occasion to demonstrate and reflect on how this enormous quantity and diversity of temporarily available property in Accra offers a range of artistic possibilities which can give positive impulse for innovation within the creative knowledge economy; displaying a lesson in social engagement, play and the occupation of space.