Tagged as: Heritage

The Cultural Purpose of UNESCO

UNESCO is an international organization. It is an acronym (see Glossary) for the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. UNESCO is concerned with promoting education, science and preserving culture. They are most famous for protecting artworks and monuments. UNESCO has labelled a series of monuments, artworks, cultural events and

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A Gallery with no Pictures: The ‘Ghost Collection’ of the Ivory Coast

What does it mean to lose the art that defines us and how should we respond? The ‘Ghost Collection’ in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, shows the reaction of students after a local museum was ransacked in 2011. Students replaced 120 pieces of stolen art with their own sculptures. Each piece contained

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The Memorial Portraits of the Akan people (Ghana)

In the second half of the 1500s in Ghana, the Akan people created clay sculptures of heads. These sculptures, made by women, would be used to remember the dead. Ordinary people and royalty would use this method of remembrance. During certain parts of the year, prayers and offerings would be

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